Setting up Shop Ed Schieffelin’s early base of operations was the Brunckow Cabin.

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Ed Schieffelin.

Ed Schieffelin must have been a brave man.  In 1877, he set up shop at the Brunckow Cabin, a few miles southwest of the town he would help found and name—Tombstone. He ignored the numerous graves around the building—some murder victims, others killed by Apache raids in the area.

Nothing bad happened while he was there.  He began prospecting northeast of the cabin, and discovered silver at Goose Flats. Reportedly, Schieffelin assayed silver in the cabin fireplace.  He then filed his first claim on September 3, 1877—and named it Tombstone.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.