Between all the name changes was a
strike, carried out to lure rich East-coast investors, a gunfight
two Shakespeare residents over a breakfast egg, and a bunch of
with names like Bean Belly Smith, Russian Jack, Flora Belle, Happy Bob
Fambo and Curley Bill. Did I mention that Billy the Kid washed
in the hotel? This is an amazing place, if you haven't guessed.
Shakespeare is privately-owned, but open
or pre-arranged tours. There's a general store, a hotel (the
a powder magazine, an assay office, and a mail station, all
restored by the owners. (By the way, don't mention the "Hollywooded"
ghost town of Tombstone, Arizona while you're in Shakespeare, unless
want to get kicked out.) The very modest entry price gets you an
tour through the buildings. Additionally, local citizens reenact
from Shakespeare's past several times a year. Recently, a fire severely
damaged several of the buildings, but the tours and reenactments
For more information on visiting Shakespeare, call them at (505)