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Tombstone Historic District

Tombstone, Arizona
County of Cochise.
U.S. 80
National Register Number: 66000171
Resource type: District.
Property type: Commerce/Trade - restaurant. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: AZ-8 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
Tombstone is one of the best preserved specimens of the rugged frontier town of the 1870s and '80s. Site of one of the West's richest silver strikes and the "gunfight at the OK Corral", Tombstone epitomizes the legendary reputation of the "Wild West" and lawlessness of the 19th century mining camps.

Within the past two years the city of Tombstone has made significant progress toward correcting problems that placed Tombstone on the Threatened level in 2004. In 2005 the Arizona SHPO and NPS-Heritage Partnerships Program initiated a three-day workshop and planning charette, which included community members who are interested in establishing a long-term restoration plan for the Historic District. As a result of this charette several problem historic buildings are now being restored by their owners, who intend on meeting the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. A long-range plan is now in place that will eventually transform historic Allen Street into a linear park. Consequently, Old Fire Station No. 1 on Allen Street has been saved from near collapse, historically appropriate shade trees have been planted along Allen Street, and this street has been re-surfaced in a manner that is appropriate for its period of historic significance (1880-1931). Consequently there has occurred a renewed spirit of community support for the concept of both halting degradation of the NHL as well as eventually meeting high standards of restoration.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
It is requested that NPS, Arizona State Parks and the SHPO continue its watchful eye on the City and lend their support and guidance toward restoring the historic fabric of Tombstone. In keeping with the long-term plans that resulted from the charette, the NPS and Arizona SHPO will be working with the town to revise their historic design guidelines to help prevent inappropriate new construction from occurring. It is also recommended that E. Fremont Street, which is also Arizona State Road 80, have its speed limit reduced to 15 or 25 mph. Also, the historic buildings that front E. Fremont Street need to be restored to appearances appropriate to the 1880-1931 period of historic significance.

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