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Old Tombstone becomes a ghost town due to COVID-19

Old Tombstone
Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 14:47:28-04

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. -- Tombstone is famous for the shootout at the O.K. Corral and right now the old west town is a ghost town.

The attractions bringing in the tourists are all closed and the economy is suffering.

“March is our biggest month of the year as it is for all of Tombstone - and it was rocking and rolling very good," explained Marla Mckechnae, owner of Old Tombstone Western Theme Park.

For the Mckechnae's it started on March 18 when they said the mayor of Tombstone issued them a letter that said they could only have 10 people in the park at a time . The doors locked completely on March 20.

“This town thrives and lives off of tourism,” explained Lee Mckechnae, owner of Old Tombstone Western Theme Park.

Just over one dozen businesses are open, according to the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce's website.

It is hitting the park's actors the hardest.

"Well, they call me Banjo," said Jim, an employee at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park.

Banjo moved to Tombstone three years ago just to take part in the gun fights and put on a show for tourists.

“One thing I really love about this is for at least 35 to 45 minutes we take people’s minds off of all their troubles," explained the actor.

So they are ready to come back with new social distancing skits and by keeping everyone who visits six feet away from each other.

“We’re ready for them. We want the tourists to come. I want them to have fun and most of all we’re going to do it safely," explained Marla Mckechnae.