Where bullets flew
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The spirit of Tombstone, Ariz.

It looks like a film set, but Tombstone is deeply rooted in the Wild West. Three blocks of Allen Street, with packed-dirt roads and wood-plank walkways, form the heart of the Old Town. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
At sunset, Tombstone Cemetery takes on an eerie cast. Nearby is Boothill graveyard, where early residents were buried and pithy epitaphs mark some sites (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Andree DeJournett wears two hats - mayor and saloon owner - and has big plans: “This place is alive and vigorous, but it’s not easy juggling a town that’s alive with a town that’s history. It needs to improve its image.” (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Twenty-first century admonishments provide gentle reminders for patrons of an establishment in downtown Tombstone. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Tombstone began as a 19th century mining town and quickly earned its place in the history books, thanks to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Terry Jacobsen, 59, is a bartender at Helldorado, one of Tombstone’s downtown bars. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Tombstone Cemetery at sunset. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Carey Granger leads a tour of the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
“It’s amazing how many people here never grew past the age of 10 or 11,” said local historian Hollis Cook. “They just keep on playing cowboy.” (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral is reenacted daily. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park provides a backdrop for the gallows. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)