Tombstone’s Treasure

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Sherry Monahan is an authority on “the city that wouldn’t die” and its history. In Tombstone’s Treasure, she focuses on the silver mines, one reason for the city’s founding, and the saloons, the other reason the city grew so quickly. When the discovery of silver at Tombstone first became known in mid-1880, there were about twenty-six saloons and breweries. By July of the following year, the number had doubled. The most popular saloon games of the time were faro, monte, and poker, with some offering keno, roulette, and twenty-one.

Discover true tales about Tombstone’s mining and gambling history where wealthy businesspeople rubbed elbows with rugged miners at the bar and gambled side by side.

Book Reviews:

“Hookers were a part of Tombstone, of course…While the town is best known for the fight at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone itself was a cosmopolitan town, a mecca for big spenders and pleasure seekers, outlaws and con men. In an entertaining and fact-laced book, author Sherry Monahan concentrates on the mines that supported the town, producing about $5 million each year during its short boom, and on the town itself, rather than on the famous 30-second fight between the Earps and the Clantons.                                            ~Denver Post

A little history…

This mining boomtown sat atop one of the most productive mining areas in the Southwest. Tombstone’s mines peaked from mid 1879 to late 1882, and during this pinnacle, the mines produced, on average, over five million dollars annually in silver and gold. The larger mining companies paid an average of six hundred thousand dollars in dividends annually.

In addition to the breweries, wine rooms, saloons, and dance houses, there were other types of entertainment available for hard-working men. The sources of entertainment covered the spectrum from sophisticated theater programs, to rough and rowdy cockfights, and everything in between.  Tombstone’s number of saloons reflected the town’s boom. When it first “hit” in mid 1880, there were about twenty-six saloons and breweries. By July of the following year, the number of saloons in Tombstone had doubled.

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