Touring The Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper and Museum
- Date Visited: March 2021
- Address: 11 South Fifth Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638
- Phone: (520) 457-2211
- Hours: Daily 9:30 AM - 6 PM
- Price: Free
The Tombstone Epitaph was founded in January 1880 with it’s first issue being published on May 1, 1880.
Located in Tombstone, Arizona this monthly publication is the oldest continually published newspaper in Arizona. It was founded by Wyatt Earp’s lifelong friend, John P. Clum.
It’s free to tour the historic newsroom, print shop and museum. You can read original 1880’s news including papers on when Tombstone burned, Geronimo surrendered and the event that made the town famous, the Gunfight at the O.K Corral.
There is also a display discussing the life of the paper’s founder, John P. Clum. He was Tombstone’s first elected mayor and postmaster.
While the museum is small it is still quite impressive.
Composing stones, linotype machines, type cases, and interpretive displays can be found throughout the museum. Learn how the newspaper was printed in the 1880s on the original Washington hand press.
There are a lot of cool machines and artifacts in this museum and well thought out displays. In my opinion, it’s completely worth checking out if you are visiting Tombstone. It’s free to tour and truthfully will take you less than 30 minutes.
You can even get replicas of real newspapers printed in the 1880’s. I think we took one home on the towns brothels, lol.