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City (pop., 2000: 1,504), southeastern Arizona, U.S. The site was named by Ed Schieffelin, who discovered silver there in 1877 after being told that all he would find would be his tombstone. By 1881 a silver rush had drawn prospectors such as Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo, who brought the town a reputation for lawlessness. Feuds were common, including the 1881 gun battle at the O.K. Corral between the Earp (seeWyatt Earp) and Clanton families. Tombstone was declared a national historic landmark in 1962.
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