We are Trenna and Bill, owners of Silver Spur Homestead. We are passionate about providing the ultimate Tombstone, AZ experience. The property dates back to 1879, and it has been important to create a space that allows Old West fans and outdoor lovers to enjoy a relaxing and complete stay. With our beautifully furnished glamping tents, Tombstone tours, and outstanding hospitality, every small detail has been carefully chosen to give guests a true feeling of the Old West while keeping high-quality comfort and guest experience top of mind.
History of the property
Built in 1879…
This unique property is located on top of the Empire Silver Mine. The main house was built in 1879 as a primary residence for the mine supervisor. In 1980 the world’s most famous clown “Weary Willie” Emmett Kelly Jr. bought the house and lived there until his death in 2006.
Emmett Kelly Jr, standing beside the front door. The door is still on our house today.
Emmett made his clowning debut in Peru, Indiana at the 1960 Circus City Festival.
In 1964, Eastman Kodak signed Emmett Kelly to appear in their pavilion at the NY worlds fair. He became one of the top live attractions of the entire fair and the most photographed, with an estimated 5 million photos taken.
For four years after the fair closed, Emmett Kelly Jr. visited more than twenty-five hundred children’s hospitals across the country, acting as Kodak’s “Silent Spokesman and Ambassador of Goodwill.”
In 1972 the “Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus” became a reality. Over the ensuing years, The circus toured cities and towns across America and performed twice at The White House- The only circus to be so honored.
In every performance, Emmett presented the famous “Sweeping the Spotlight” routine, which became a pantomime classic as well as his signature act.
Weary Willie - Emmett Kelly Jr.