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   THE ANTIQUE STUDEBAKER CLUB TOMBSTONE BISBEE TOUR

                             RICHARD DORMOIS

The Arizona State Chapter of the Antique Studebaker Club encourages each   member of the Studebaker Drivers Club to participate in our July 2017 event.  Our Studebaker tour to historic Tombstone and Bisbee, Arizona on July 22 and 23, 2017.  Having just previewed the tour, I can assure you it will be an enjoyable, educational, entertaining experience.  Don't miss this opportunity.

Let us remember to check air and fluids, refuel, put in the fire extinguisher, wear your name tag. Don't forget your meds.  Closed toed, comfortable shoes are recommended. STAY HYDRATED!

We will leave the Cracker Barrel, 5022 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85048 at 7:00 AM, Saturday, July 22, 2017.  This is Interstate Ten exit 160 at Chandler Boulevard.  Manager Dillon Roberts promises that if we get there at six, we will be fed and out of there in forty five minutes.

 

Our first leg takes us down Interstate Ten to the Cracker Barrel at 8400 North Craer Barrel Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85743.  That is at Exit 246, Cortero Road. It should take us about seventy minutes driving the speed limit.

We will join our Southern Arizona friends and our departure time from Tucson will be at 9:00 AM, so Cracker Barrel manager, Guido Manos, recommends getting there by 8:15 AM if we wish to eat there, before we go.

 

Back onto Interstate Ten at 9:00 AM, we head to Houghton Road where we will have a brief respite and join our friends at a clearing on the right side of the road. No services.

Continuing on Interstate Ten we shall have a pit stop at Exit 302, Loves Travel Center at 643 State Road 90, Benson, Arizona, 85602.  Fuel, indoor plumbing and food is available there.

 

Let us leave at 10:30 AM and get back on Interstate Ten briefly to Exit 303, Benson, Arizona and Arizona Highway 80 to our destination Tombstone, Arizona.

Slow through Saint David and upon arriving on the outskirts of Tombstone, the first thing we should observe to our right is the LANDMARK LOOKOUT LODGE, 781 N. Highway 80, Tombstone, Arizona 85638. 520 457 2223  Our HOST HOTEL for the tour....It is too early to check in, but you know where it is now.  We can check in as early as 3:00 PM each day.

Just a short distance on the left is the Boothill Graveyard.  When you see the 1940 Packard funeral car, TURN IN.  The cemetary was laid out in 1878 with 250 grave sights of early pioneers, outlaws and their victims, suicides, hangings and the general population. So much of the good and the bad of early Tombstone lies buried here and over these graves grow the true Crucifiction Thorn.  You will get a descriptive guidebook to the inhabitants and how they passed.
 

Highway 80 becomes Fremont Street and on the left "The Vintage Cowgirls of Tombstone" welcome you to the city at 80 East Fremont Street. Darba Jo Butler and Nell Kline invite you to peruse their western antiques, collectibles, western hats, boots, spurs and gently used western clothing or just come in and sit a spell.
 

Follow your nose to Allen Street just down the way and enjoy all that Tombstone has to offer.  As we all have different tastes and types of recreation, a structured day would be folly, so let us just find a place to park and hoof it, take the Tombstone Stage Coach or the Tombstone Trolley.  Streets are dirt, sidewalks are plank and it is not unusual to see what appear to be nefarious characters.  Not to worry.  Tombstone Town Marshals are on foot patrol in pairs.

 

I'll just make a couple of suggestions for things I enjoyed and ask that you make every effort to be at "BIG NOSE KATES SALOON" 417 Allen Street by 6:00 PM for supper.  Manager Karen Gilbert welcomes us and said if we go over our reservations for twenty, she will just push more tables together. The entertainment is great and the ambiance is wonderful. Don't expect a business meeting at this gathering!  Dress is casual......Very casual.

One of the first things you may notice as you come into town is the "OK CORALL" 326 E Allen Street, where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday fight it out several times a day in a live reenactment and on film in the Historical Theater.  The Amazing Patricia in period attire welcomes you to the theater and gift shop and gun fight.

 

There are scores of eating and drinking establishments for lunch.  I tried the OK CAFE at 220 E Allen Street, famous for Buffalo Burgers, but they have "everything". Eat in or take your lunch across the street to the City Park and have your meal on a picnic table.

 

You may wish to visit the "BIRD CAGE THEATER" which was a combination gambling parlor, saloon and brothel.  Twenty six people are said to have been killed in the Bird Cage Theater and 120 bullet holes remain.

 

Your downtown experience is not complete without a visit to Johnny One Dog at "SASPARILLA EMPORIUM", just off Allen Street at the City Park.  Enjoy a bottle or two of "The Best Root Beer in the West" and treasure the collectible bottle.  Or just hang out and listen to forties and fifties Country Music that never stops.

 

The CRYSTAL PALACE SALOON, 436 E Allen Street, may have the longest and most beautiful bar in the west serving "Good Whiskey and Tolerable Water" with a full food menu and entertainment.

 

It goes without saying there are scores of antique and specialty shops, wine tasting parlors, clothing stores, jewelry shops and a variety of street entertainers in Tombstone.

 

DON'T FORGET......Please be at BIG NOSE KATES saloon 417 E. Allen for seating at 6:00 PM for supper.  It will be one of only two times we all get together for a meal and fellowship on tour.

After supper, we may wish to repair to the LANDMARK LOOKOUT LODGE, our host hotel and relax around the outdoor fireplace making smores,  being entertained by the curious deer who visit nightly or just winding down with friends and enjoy an unobstructed view of the Dragoons mountain range.

 

At 8:00 AM, Sunday, let us gather for breakfast in the lodge dining room and order off the full breakfast menu.....This breakfast is part of the room rate and I'm told it is as good as any meal you can get on the road. Just as a reminder, the number for making reservations at the LANDMARK LOOKOUT is 520 457 2223.  The manager is JOHN BRUCE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. $85.00 roo0m rate is good throughout the tour......STAY HYDRATED

 

At about 9:00 AM we shall head out for Bisbee, Arizona on AZ 80, rising a thousand feet into the Mule Mountains in a little over thirty miles.  This historic mining settlement was voted "THE BEST SMALL HISTORIC TOWN IN AMERICA" by the readers of USA Today Magazine. It has a wide array of tourist attractions on various levels of terrain.  It is hilly.

 

 The COPPER QUEEN MINE TOUR, 478 Dart Road, Bisbee, Arizona 85603, is one of the most popular attractions in Bisbee.  The BISBEE MINING AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, Arizona 85603 also attracts a large volume of visitors. You will likely enjoy the Lavender Mine Site along Highway 80 just out of Bisbee.

There are sixteen art galleries in a relatively short distance of each other on Main Street in Bisbee for your pleasure.

THE COPPER QUEEN HOTEL, 11 Howell Avenue, Bisbee, Arizona 85603 is a must see as it takes you back centuries.  You may wish to stay for a meal or a libation or just take in the lobby and its appointments. This hotel is on the Registry of Haunted Hotels. If you choose to extend your visit and seek lodging at the COPPER QUEEN, you will find the room rate is infinitely greater than the LANDMARK LOOKOUT. 520 432 2216

Maybe the best kept tourist secret in Arizona is the ghost town of LOWELL just outside Bisbee on the way to Douglas.  I found myself set back in time on Erie Street, the main drag of Lowell, where the streets are lined with businesses and motor vehicles and vintage gas pumps from the last century. The Shady Rest vintage trailer park is also in Lowell.  It is worth the short trip. Good photo opportunities.

If it is getting to be lunchtime and you would like to be free from any congestion, visit SCREAMING BANSHEE PIZZA at 200 Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee where the full menu is moderately priced and folks are very friendly. Your host Victor, will take good care of you.  Next door is CONTESSA'S CANTINA, 202 Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee, where you will like the family atmosphere and great menu.  You will find your hostess, Moriah, charming.  I can recommend both eateries. Don't miss the photo op with the WW II Studebaker Six by Six outside on the street.

Enjoy your stay in Bisbee and environs and if you choose to remain in the area another night, THE LANDMARK LOOKOUT will likely be your best bet.  Along with the full hot breakfast, this hotel features Free WIFI, Swimming Pool, Cable, Copy and Fax Service, "Five Paws" Pet Friendly, 24 Hour front desk with coffee and tea, In Room Coffee Makers, Iron and Ironing Board, Refrigerator, outdoor fire pits.  520 457 2223.

We enjoy our collector car culture in Arizona and it is JULY.  Although this tour is sponsored by The Arizona State Chapter of the Antique Studebaker Club, your entry may be whatever you choose to drive.  There is always safety in numbers but there is no requirement that we travel in a tight caravan. As a courtesy to our fellows, let us try to be at the prescribed points on time.

911 works throughout the areas we will traverse and full service hospitals are in Bisbee, Sierra Vista and Benson.  STAY HYDRATED

........Any questions?  Contact Richard Dormois at 702 461 3679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SAFE