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Using various sources (including among others, a map by Mr. Bell, and one provided by the National Archives,) I drew up my own to give the reader of a specific chapter in my book "Western Legend" a better understanding of the geography of Tombstone.  I felt the narrative would be less confusing if I provided this along with a key or legend.  The publisher, unfortunately, could not figure out how to scale down the file size and get it into the pdf, so the map was removed from Chapter 10.  As were several footnotes.  (This was about the time I found out they have a policy: no footnotes in their books.) 

Anyway, I put the map and legend up on a dedicated page on my blog.  And I'd be happy to hear opinions or input, good or bad.  Mr. Bell's own opinion was that he felt I should have inked in all businesses, not merely those figuring into the narrative.  Good suggestion. I did a couple of versions that way, but couldn't get it to look right.    


btw it was intended to be printed on parchment; the roughness of the line drawing was intentional.

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Comment by Melvin Graf on July 6, 2011 at 1:31pm
I would agree with Bob that showing all the known businesses and structures would be nice but this is an excellent effort and gives us a good idea of key places.  When I visited Tombstone fairly recently I would have liked to have had your map.
Comment by Gold Lady on July 6, 2011 at 2:41pm

Good job.  Maybe you could write the name or type of each business inside the perimeter like the Sanborn maps, do a simplified version of Sanborn.  On your site, you could allow the map to be enlarged greatly, so we could read the fine print.  You could still highlight in shading or color the locations concerning the gunfight. 

I love to pore over the Sanborn maps, even looking at outbuildings and wells, etc.  Of course you don't have to put that in. 

Comment by Al Herndon aka El Mas Chingon on July 6, 2011 at 3:40pm

Wholeheartedly agree that listing all the businesses known would be very interesting.  Should be an excellent book! 


Comment by anthony martin on July 6, 2011 at 5:22pm

Nice job!I'd like to see the all the buildings version just for the sake of comparison and perhaps the peripheral structures could be in light grey or sepia brown to distinguish them easily from the pertinent buildings. This is a very useful map!


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