Tombstone, founded in 1877 by prospector Ed Schieffelin, who staying at what was then called Camp Huachuca (wa-chu-ka) as part of a scouting expedition against the Chiricahua (chir-i-cow-uh) Apaches. During his time there he ventured out into the wilderness "looking for rocks," ignoring the warnings he received from the soldiers at the camp. They told him, "Ed, the only stone you will find out there will be your tombstone". Well, Ed did find his stone. And it was Silver. So, remembering the words of warning from the soldiers, he named his first mine The Tombstone.