Tombstone Times Tombstone News, History and Information
      contact 
THE 2007 TREK TO RINGO'S GRAVE
by Colin Taylor
Read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Tombstone Arizona

Johnny Ringo's Grave   Friday the 13th of July at 5:00 pm outside Curly Bill's Bed & Breakfast in Tombstone. The annual event that was started 6 years ago by Jerry (Curly Bill) Alves, was about to set off for the 125th anniversary of the death of John Peters Ringo. The cavalcade of vehicles was led by Jerry Alves, Colin Taylor and Derek Carew. Taking Davis road, they braved fierce thunderstorms on their journey.

Preparing for the Ceremony   On arrival at Jerry Saunders ranch, on Turkey Creek Road, the party proceeded through the gate and walked to the grave overlooking Turkey Creek. A photograph of Johnny Ringo was set at the head of the grave as a focal point for the ceremony about to commence. After group pictures were taken, the party spread themselves around the grave and the Reverend Whiskers prepared to deliver the eulogy with his usual reverence and aplomb.

Preparing for the Ceremony   This was followed by a reading of Emma Bull's poem about Ringo and a new poem, written the day before especially for this occasion, by Colin Taylor. After asking if anyone else wished to speak over the grave, Jerry Alves produced a bottle of Old Overholt whiskey, known to be the preferred drink of the deceased, and commenced to give the first shot to Ringo, poured into a natural cup shape in the large rack at the head of the grave. The Old Overholt was then passed around for all to toast the memory of Johnny Ringo. Everyone was now free to take pictures and talk about the occasion. There were some who had made the trek before and some enjoying it for the first time. All agreed it was worth the effort.

   The event was only marred by the arrival of two latecomers who reenacted the inaccurate shoot-out from the movie Tombstone, between Doc Holliday and Ringo, culminating with the firing of blanks. Since they had not sought prior permission to detonate their guns on private property, this angered both Jerry Alves and the owner of the property Jerry Saunders. Whether this behavior will stop further treks to Ringo's grave has yet to be decided, but the main party who attended the whole ceremony conducted themselves with the proper respect due at such an occasion.

Colin Taylor at Johnny Ringo's Grave

WANTED
Any Information on Tombstone's Past from the 1880's to 1990's including, but not limited to:

PHOTOS, DOCUMENTS, LETTERS, BROCHURES, STORIES, MEMORIES, POST CARDS, VACATION PHOTOS, BOOKLETS, ADS, PROGRAMS and other items.

If you have or know of someone who has any of these items, we would be very interested in hearing from you. Please contact us:

Goose Flats Graphics
P.O. Box 813
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-3884

info@tombstonetimes.com

CLICK HERE TO VISIT
ALL OF OUR ADVERTISERS

Click for Tombstone Arizona Forecast

Cochise County Cowboys
NOW AVAILABLE!
from Joyce Aros
THE COCHISE COUNTY COWBOYS.
Who were the Cochise County Cowboys? This book fleshes out the peripheral characters of the Tombstone Saga!
(LINK WILL OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW)

Visit TombstoneWeb for Current Up-To-Date information about Tombstone Arizona.
www.TombstoneWeb.com








HOME | FEATURES | SUBSCRIBE | ADVERTISE | BACK ISSUES | ABOUT US | CONTACT | ADVERTISERS
ALL MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PHOTOGRAPHS, TEXT AND IMAGES ARE
COPYRIGHT ©2003 - 2007 GOOSE FLATS GRAPHICS - TOMBSTONE ARIZONA

Problems with this website? Email the webmaster at: