We’ll soon know if Tombstone, Arizona — site of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral — really is the “Town Too Tough to Die,” because the federal government is attempting to snuff it out of existence:
[T]he U.S. Forest Service is refusing to allow Tombstone to repair its mountain spring water lines after forest fires, floods and torrential mudslides destroyed them in the Monument Fire of 2011. Not content with allowing forest fires to burn down some of the most beautiful land in Arizona, the Forest Service is willing to risk the lives and properties of Tombstone residents and tourists due to the loss of adequate fire suppression capabilities and safe drinking water.
Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air due to the ground being washed out from under it. In response, federal bureaucrats are refusing to allow Tombstone to unearth its springs and restore its waterlines unless they jump through a lengthy permitting process that will require the city to use horses and hand tools to remove boulders the size of Volkswagens.
Tombstone is located in the Sonoran Desert. Cutting off its water is like cutting off a diver’s air hose.
Why would bureauthugs in faraway Washington deliberately kill an iconic American town? Because Tombstone is devoted to keeping history alive. It represents the rugged individualist spirit of the Old West — a spirit our liberal rulers are determined to eradicate.
On a tip from Varla.