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Near Tombstone in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Edward Schieffelin

1847-1897

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
1. Edward Schieffelin Marker
Inscription. The son of a miner, Ed learned everything about prospecting from his father, except how to strike it rich! For twenty years, Ed prospected the west. He tried the "regular life," but after 18 months remarked: "No better off than I was prospecting, and not half as well satisfied."

He arrived at the foot of the Huachuca Mountains in March 1877 working as a supplier for the cavalry. Soldiers told Ed that all he would find would be his "tombstone or his graveyard" if he kept venturing away from camp. Ed remarked: "I wasn't looking for bullets, but if one happened my way it wouldn't have made much difference to anyone but me, and I never could figure out that to be dead was unpleasant. Some people seem to know all about such things but I'm a bit stupid I suppose for I've never been able to learn the alphabet of birth and death."

Instead he found silver, which lead to the founding of the town of Tombstone. In his will, he specified that he was to be buried in his prospector's garb with canteen and pick by his side near the site of his first camp. The grave marker was to be a simple stone cairn that prospectors used to mark claims. Tombstone's citizens complied with his wishes, save one; they erected the 25 ft. tall monument you see before you.
 
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Edward Schieffelin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
2. Edward Schieffelin Marker
Arizona State Parks.
 
Location. 31° 43.848′ N, 110° 6.195′ W. Marker is near Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on West Schieffelin Monument Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. West Schieffelin Monument Road is an extension of West Allen Street. The Monument is about 2 miles northwest of town on a dirt road. Marker is in this post office area: Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Boothill Graveyard (approx. 2.1 miles away); Veterans Pioneers Settlers (approx. 2.1 miles away); Boothill Graveyard and Jewish Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Tombstone City Hall (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cochise County Bank (approx. 2.5 miles away); Can Can Restaurant (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tombstone.
 
Also see . . .  Ed Schieffelin. A Wikipedia article:
Edward Lawrence Schieffelin (1847-May 27, 1897-May 12), was a Tioga County, Pennsylvania native who became the founder of Tombstone, Arizona. (Submitted on February 24, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
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Ed Schieffelin Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
3. Ed Schieffelin Monument
Ed Schieffelin Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
4. Ed Schieffelin Monument
Text on Ed Schieffelin Monument:
Ed Schieffelin
Died May 12, 1897,
Aged 49 Years
8 Months
A Dutiful Son,
A Faithful Husband,
A Kind Brother,
A True Friend
 
 
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