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Restless spirits roam Tombstone’s streets.

 

DESCRIPTION/HISTORY

These streets or intersections have existed since the beginning of Tombstone. They have original buildings, replicas of buildings, and some of the original homes and businesses.

The streets have seen many events of the early wild days, especially during the rough and rowdy mining days when there was a struggle with the rough element verses the law authorities, disasters like disease epidemics and out of control fire, and mob violence and moments of injustice.

All of these places named above have historical events that could’ve caused spirits to try to work out their restlessness.

 

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS

Other historical places, like Williamsburg Old City, Harper’s Ferry National Park, Parkersburg, Gettysburg, Kern County Museum: Pioneer Village and The Living History Pioneer Village have had events that caused pain, death, winners and losers and all the occurrences that can cause restless spirits.

ALLEN STREET HAUNTINGS

Frontier towns have always been threatened by the possibility of fire; being built out of wood.

All the buildings on Allen Street burned to the ground either in 1882 or 1886. People in the saloons and brothels were burned alive because there was no warning from the fast-burning fires. People who die in disasters try to grieve by crying, or by showing others what happened to them.

The living have seen apparitions wandering around Allen St. showing their burned parts of their body to the living.

During the mining years, there was a battle going on between the control seeking ranchers and cowboys and the lawmen who tried to make them follow the law. A feud began between the ranchers & the cowboys and law enforcement, lead by Virgil Earp, his brothers and friends like Doc Holliday.

People who suffer a terrible disappointment while alive that was life-changing or caused death, try to have a redo of the events leading up to the terrible disappointment, hoping to change the outcome. They also may try to reenter their former life or even perform their former job in this world.

INTERSECTION of TOUGHNUT and FIRST ST.

People who die unjustly in a horrible way by the authorities, often are restless and can find ways to amuse themselves.

John Wesley Heath, disappointed with his lawman’s salary, turned to a life of crime. He planned a robbery in Bisbee with a group of vicious men. John moved to Bisbee and opened a dancehall with partner Nathan White. He stayed there when the others went to rob the Goldwater and Castaneda Mercantile that USUALLY held the $7,000 dollar payroll for the Copper Queen Mine. At this time, there was no bank in Bisbee.

The robbers arrived at the Mercantile but the payroll money hadn’t arrived. They robbed the owners and the people inside. Many people wound up dying before they escaped with hardly anything. They were caught and held in Tombstone. John Heath was arrested too after the robbers told all about him and JOHN confessed his part in it. The robbers were convicted and hung on a portable gallows. John Heath was given life in prison. An angry mob broke into the jail and hung John from a telegraph pole. At the death inquiry, a false statement was given, that he died from emphysema.

 

MANIFESTATIONS

Virgil Earp

Ambushed crossing the street from the Oriental Saloon to the Crystal Palace Saloon on Allen St. where he had his office on the second story.

He was shot 19 times, mainly hitting his back and left arm, and he crumbled at the center of the street. His shattered shoulder was operated on, and he lost the use of his arm; having to retire from law enforcement and left for California where he lived out his life. He also suffered a built lodged near his hip.

Virgil must have been terribly disappointed in being surprised in the street and not being careful enough, which resulted in Virgil having to leave a job that he loved dearly.

As a spirit, he finds some peace in keeping a lawful eye on folks who need to be reminded that politeness and good behavior are the behavior standards in the Crystal Palace Saloon. In his minds eye, he still have an office on the second floor. An example of this is given in the story listed under Tombstone; our Crystal Palace story.

The Spirit of Virgil is described as being a tall, older man wearing a cowboy hat, a knee-length black coat, walking with an awkward limp.

His foggy apparition has been seen walking to the place where he was ambushed and then falls to the ground and disappears.

Henry Clanton

Allen St. and 5th St. – At the corner near the OK Corral. Henry Clanton was so sure that with his friends, he was finally going to be able to kill the Earps who he had been in a feud with, having the hope of being able to get away with being the bully in town. Unfortunately he was greatly disappointed as he died there.

The Spirit of Henry Clanton keeps look out for his enemies on this corner. Is he repeating the event, and try to defeat his foes?

People have seen the cowboys who were killed in the OK corral draw their guns as if they want a redo. Trying to return to his life in this world: Henry Clanton’s apparition has been seen leaving Boot Hill Cemetery and walking into Tombstone. The spirit of Henry Clanton still likes to hang out at The Birdcage, and probably Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and Restaurant; the original place of the Grand Hotel.

Spirit of John Wesley Heath

He had a huge disappointment; instead of making more money, he got life in prison but wound up being executed in a horrible way.

After he died, his spirit was restless: He got his jollies frightening people by walking up behind them, making them feel cold, and sometimes even spoke to them.

 

STILL HAUNTED?

Probably so for the burn victims, and Virgil Earp and Henry Clanton.

The spirits of Henry Clanton and Virgil Earp find ways to have peace in ways they enjoyed in this world. Virgil is the spectral behavior enforcer in the Crystal Palace, and Henry gets his chuckles in the Bird Cage and Big Nosed Kate’s Restaurant and Saloon.

Virgil may try to undo history by walking into the trap, and Henry tries to be more prepared for the showdown in the OK Corral. The burn victims are still wandering around in pain.

UNKNOWN: The Spirit of John Wesley Heath – not much now-a-days is reported about his activity. Perhaps he has found enough peace from getting his chuckles and revenge against the townspeople that he was able to pass over. Or, he may have found peace in a house nearby where he was executed.

Personal experiences abound as these paranormal activities startle the living; both tourists and Tombstone locals for over a hundred years. Because they happen without warning and quickly, it is difficult to catch hard evidence.

 

LOCATION

 

The whole length of Allen Street; both West Allen St. and East Allen St.

Intersection of Allen Street and 5th Street.

Allen Street where the Crystal Palace Saloon and Oriental Saloon sit across from each other.

Intersection of Toughnut and First Street.

SOURCES INCLUDE

  • Haunted Tombstone, by Cody Polston, HAUNTED AMERICA, 2018.

 
 
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