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Tourism provides life support to town

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  For the 32nd time last month people come from all over to learn and see what Tombstone is all about as part of  Vigilantes Days. “It’s a chance to party and have gunfights in the street” Lewis Snow, a cowboy re-enactor explains. For others it is a more defining weekend. John Marshall opened his restaurant , Puny John’s BQ in Tombstone last year after falling in love with the town. The family run restaurant has done well since their opening but they say its weekends like Vigilantes Days that keep them afloat. According to Marshall his restaurant, Puny Johns BQ,  gets double the business during Vigilantes Day. “Our business needs the tourism from the event to survive” Marshall says. Over at Chuckwagon, another newly opened restaurant, the workers have to take a lot of extra time to prepare...

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