Celebrate Vigilante Days and 125 Years of the Courthouse
at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park on August 11
(Phoenix Arizona - August 8, 2007) - Please join us during Vigilante Days to celebrate 125 years of the Cochise County Courthouse on Saturday, August 11 at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.
Live musical performances by the Dusty Buskers, a balladeer troupe, will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. They will be followed at 11 a.m. by the Old Arizona Brass Band costumed in red and black uniforms. At 2 p.m., Mr. Hollis Cook will reenact the original commemoration speech given before the laying of the cornerstone 125 years ago.
The first 125 participants will receive a reproduction of the original Tombstone Epitaph article about the 1882 commemoration complete with Col. Sanford's speech and list of cornerstone contents.
The Tombstone Vigilettes and Vigilantes will also be on hand to give a touch of color to the event. 125th commemorative souvenirs will be available in the museum gift shop. The Friends of the Courthouse will be providing cake on a first come, first served basis. Ice-cold beverages will also be available for a donation to the group.
In 1881 the population of Tombstone had reached 10,000 rivaling both Tucson (county seat) and Prescott (territorial capital). Arizona's 11th Territorial Legislature created a new county from the eastern portion of Pima County and called it Cochise (the only county in Arizona named after the last hereditary chief of the Chiricahua Apache).
Built in 1882, at a cost of nearly $50,000 the Cochise County Courthouse was a stylish Victorian building as well as a comforting symbol of law and stability in those turbulent times. It once housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer and the board of supervisors.
125 years ago at 5 p.m. the good citizens of the City of Tombstone commenced their celebration to lay the cornerstone for their new county's first "temple of justice." "Lowering clouds, ominous of a storm," threatened to end the affair. Many prominent citizens and old-timers, present in 1879 through to the strike of silver at the 600-foot level were in attendance, though the fair sex was noticeably absent, "petticoats were still a familiar object."
Tombstone's growth and success as a silver producer was now made permanent with the laying of the cornerstone. An Epitaph Reporter wrote, "A courthouse is a symbol of the equality of the weak with the strong. It is an eternal monument to the absolute justice that prevails whenever the standard of the United States of America holds sway."
Today Tombstone no longer produces silver, but revels in its living history daily while the old Courthouse is a museum of collective memories of those bygone days featuring nearly10, 000 square feet of exhibits about the history of Tombstone, Cochise County and the Courthouse.
For more information please call Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park at (520) 457-3311. Admission to Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is $3 per person for ages 14 and up; children aged 13 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Arizona State Park Annual Pass is available for $45 (some restrictions apply) and Premium Annual Pass is sold for $100.
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is located on the corner of Toughnut and 3rd Streets, 2 blocks off Highway 80, in Tombstone, Arizona.
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at www.azstateparks.com.
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
125th Year Celebration for Courthouse
August 11, 2007
8AM Park opens
10-11AM Band "The Dusty Buskers"
The Band plays late 1920's early 30's Americana music with guitar, banjo and harmonica. (Location Northeast lawn)
10 AM through 2 PM
The Friends of Tombstone Courthouse S.H.P. will serve cake and for a donation provide beverages, while supplies last.
(Location, west of the main entrance of the park on the front lawn.)
Old Arizona Brass Band: Dressed in red and black uniforms the band will present a medley of 19th century regimental and dance music of the late 1880s.
(Location Northeast lawn)
Old Arizona Brass Band
(Location Northeast lawn)
2-2:45PM Commemoration Ceremony
On the Front steps of the Courthouse, Hollis Cook will reenact the original speech given before the laying of the Cornerstone to an assemblage of invited spectators on the front steps of the courthouse.
2:45-3:45PM Band: The Dusty Buskers will play another hour of Americana music. (Location Northeast lawn)
EVENT SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE