Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Remains of Tombstone Junction


Just for a moment, let's turn our minds back to Corbin's late and lamented tourist attraction Tombstone Junction.

Tombstone Junction simulated a down-and-dirty western town, right down to the actual functioning in-house railroad and grimy train-robber actors who never broke character. It's always been one of our most popular entries on the old site, and now two readers have forwarded us brand new photographs of it - or rather, the spot where it used to be. All that remains of Tombstone Junction is apparently an empty parking lot, one crumbling shack, and some decaying bits of what once was their billboard.


Photos above by Jonathan Meadows, and photo below by Adam Sulfridge. Thanks to both gentlemen for their contribution and their enthusiasm.

For more information about Tombstone Junction, consult your copy of Weird Kentucky, page 160.

13 comments:

Danny said...

I'm such a sucker for these kinds of things. It's a piece of Americana that I doubt we will ever see again.

Minda said...

This is just sad! I have such great memories of this place from when I was a kid.

Kayla said...

I went to this place a while back.
I have like 120 pictures of it, if you want me to send them to you.

daleruk said...

Kayla Could I get u to email some of the pics from tombstone. I grew up around there and when there a lot in my childhood.

clifford said...

Thats terrible,I visited tombstone junction when I was a kid and intended to take my children there. Having just moved back to Kentucky, I'll miss it.

Kev.G said...

I grew up just up the road from tombstone and loved spending time watching the train and gunfighters!LOL!
Kayla could I get you to send me some of those pics you have?? I am hoping top go down in a couple weeks myself I haven't been since he place "burned".

chrisengland said...

hello, i went to the site of tombstone junction today on june 8th 2009, and the was bulldozing dirt at the entrance of tombstone where no one could get in the parking lot... i love that place... i was there every sunday that it was open... i even traveled to sterns ky... in hope to see ol'77 but when i got there to the railway depot it was nowhere to be seen... can someone please email me some pics...

chrisengland said...

hello, kayla and anyone else who has some pictures of tombstone junction... would you please email me them... i was there every sunday at tombstone... its a shame that its not there anymore... its missed dearly...

Jeffery said...

I know I loved this place, My Dad was the Sheriff there in the early years and owned a leather shop there also.

jamesgrubbs@att.net said...

i enjoyed going there as a kid. my dad wouldn't go anywhere else but there for vacation. many memories but we have no pictures. would love to have some emailed to me. i have an old sheriff's badge and a pennat that you hang on the wall. i went back there a few years back and all was left was a shack and the sighn and a pc of the depo or stage couldn't really tell.

chrisengland said...

hello james... tombstone junction has a facebook page... they have some awesome pictures on there aswell... keep in touch on FB...

Jeffery said...

Wow James ! Do you remember what year you got that badge? My father was the sheriff there in the first years and had a leather shop also. He still does leather work today.

Scott P. said...

Went there with my parents and brothers in late 70's or early 80's, not real sure. I remember the train ride and it got hijacked by robbers. Gun fights in the streets and magic shows at the saloon. What a cool place. I can't believe I remember it all and just now found out it doesn't exist anymore. What a bummer.