Hometown History: Tombstone’s Huachuca Mountain water connection



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On July 8, 1882, the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper quipped that “Heretofore it was a standing joke that Tombstone people had to drink whiskey in order to escape the malarial effects of the water. Now, however, that agreement will no longer work. The clearest and purest of waters flow through our streets in unlimited quantities and thirsty souls can quench their appetite without having recourse to that which inebriates.” Of course for many in Tombstone, pure water or not, Whiskey would remain a favorite.




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