A brass token “good for” 12 ½ cents for use in the Pony Saloon in
Tombstone, Arizona Territory, will be offered at auction March 29 to
30 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. James H.
Marrs opened the saloon in the late 1800s. The brass token was “good
for” 12 ½ cents.
Tombstone is a name that resonates with fans of the American west.
The Arizona town was founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was
then Pima County, Arizona Territory. The town grew largely because of
the town’s mines which produced millions of dollars worth of silver
bullion, the largest productive silver district in Arizona.
Tombstone is also known as the site of the gunfight at the O.K.
Corral. The Earp brothers—Virgil, Wyatt, Morgan and Warren
Earp—arrived in Tombstone around 1880. They had ongoing conflicts with
outlaws Ike and Billy Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury. The conflict
eventually escalated into a shootout Oct. 26, 1881 during which the
lawmen killed Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury, and Billy Clanton. They were
buried in the town’s Boothill Graveyard.
For more information about this item and other lots in the auction
visit the auction website at www.FHWAC.com or telephone the firm at 775-825-1624.