TOWNS TO KNOW
Every Old West history buff has to visit Tombstone; it’s an undeniable rite of passage. The Gunfight Behind the O.K. Corral is just the tipping off point to this silver mining town’s rich history.
With nearly 50 authentic ranching structures dating from 1700s-1950s at its prestigious National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock better be a town on your must-see list.
Cheyenne is always a fun place for history lovers to visit, but it may be extra special to sleep in the Nagle Warren Mansion B&B 125 years after it was built.
Virginia City, MT
This Old West town offers history lessons for Civil War buffs (it boomed in 1863) and mining aficionados (the reason it boomed was because of the gold strike in Alder Gulch).
This charming town not only boasts well-preserved 19th-century buildings, but also, the era is fittingly brought to life in the 1880 opera house. Next year should bring even more good times, given the 150th anniversary of the silver strike that created this settlement.