9. Tombstone Arizona
In the Southwest American desert, the town of Tombstone is a reminder of the Old West’s violent, lawless past. It received its name when a prospector looking for valuable rocks was told that all he would find out in the harsh area would be his own tombstone. However, the prospector stumbled upon silver, named his mine The Tombstone, and the town sprung up from there.
Although the inception of the name of the town was a tongue-in-cheek joke, it lived up to its name; perhaps it was a self-fulfilling prophesy. A substantial part of the town consisted of saloons and whorehouses which attracted various unsavory characters including many outlaws. One of these brothels, The Bird Cage Café, was reported by the New York Times as being “the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast”. Violence and bloodshed became the norm in Tombstone, with the Shootout at the OK Corral between Wyatt Earp and his brothers and a gang of outlaw “cowboys” being the most famous event. Not ironically, Tombstone is home to a number of cemeteries which are tourist attractions today.