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Cochise County Courthouse


Cochise County Courthouse

Built in 1882 at a cost of nearly $50,000, the Cochise County Courthouse was a stylish building as well as a comfortable symbol of law and stability in these turbulent times. It housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer, and the board of supervisors. The jail was at the rear, under the courtroom.


Sheriffs from 1882 - 1929

A series of colorful people held office here. John Slaughter was a local cattleman who, as sheriff, virtually cleared the county of outlaws. Some were awkwardly unconventional, such a Deputy Sheriff Burt Alford, who was experienced on both sides of the law.


most famous of the lawmen

Tombstone remained the county seat until 1929, when outvoted by a growing Bisbee, and the county seat was moved there. The last county office left the courthouse in 1931.


Cochise County Bond

Except for an ill-fated attempt to convert the courthouse into a hotel during the 1940s, the building stood vacant until 1955. When the Tombstone Restoration Commission acquired it, they began the courthouse rehabilitation and the development as a historical museum that has continued to operate as a state park since 1959. It features exhibits and thousands of artifacts which tell of Tombstone's colorful past.


courthouse vault


those dealing with Cochise





Doc. Holliday


Possessions of Ed Schieffelin, Founder of Tombstone


Post Office




a town of saloons


and gambling


types of barbed wire used to create fences


twenty mule teams to pull ore wagons


upstairs to the court room


court room




law library
where lawyers often met with clients


gallows for the convicted



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