Breaking! Tombstone Removing Dirt on Allen Street!

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First they came for the gunfighters.   They closed Third and Fourth to through traffic.  They did away with most of the handicapped parking.  Now they’ve come for the dirt.  You can no longer wear a costume in town, what next – cementing over the wooden sidewalks?

I love Tombstone.  It is one of my very favorite places on the face of the earth.  But – come on, since Dusty Escapule was elected mayor, the town is becoming known as The Town Too Dumb to Die.

Tombstone in More Colorful Days - 2008!
Tombstone in More Colorful Days - 2008!

Enough is enough.  Remember the almost shoot-out over the deposit of “dirt” on Allen Street to give the town a more authentic look?  Well, now they’re removing it.

View of Allen Street and the Dirt
View of Allen Street and the Dirt

“…“The ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) has statutes against airborne particles, and we were concerned about compliance issues,” Escapule said. “Finally, the city was in a position where we had to take some kind of action.”

Escapule notes that his job as mayor is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Tombstone along with its tourists. “So, removing the dirt is something that had to happen. We couldn’t keep ignoring the problem.”

Removal cost the town around $3,500, Escapule noted, with city employees doing most of the work. The dirt was relocated to a lower parking lot to help build up the lot’s slopes where the sidewalks are high. Escapule said the city has some Envirotac left over from the previous project on Allen Street and will be using it to help stabilize the relocated dirt….”

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