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The Pioneer Home Museum

The Pioneer Home Museum
P.O. Box 665

The collapse of the Cornish mining industry caused many to join the mass emigration to the United States. Among these miners was Frank Garland, who arriving from Redruth in 1874, mined in California before moving to the new camp in Tombstone soon after its founding in 1878. He worked as a miner for the Toughnut Company and Tombstone Consolidated.

In August of 1892, his sweet-heart, Julia arrived from Cornwall. Frank met her train at the Benson Station, and they were married by Judge Ohnesorgan. The newlyweds then traveled by stagecoach to their new home in Tombstone, which was also home to the famous and infamous, notably, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

By this time, Frank Garland had given up mining and was half-owner of The Music Hall Saloon. He was a member of the Cochise Oddfellows Lodge No. 5, a volunteer fireman and played in the fireman's band.

Frank, aged in his 60s, died at home in 1909. Julia survived him by 23 years and died in July of 1932 at the age of 60. Their only son, also named Frank, was born in August of 1893 and spent his life at the house. He worked as a stable boy at the O.K. Corral, then became a miner. In later years, he supplied topsoil for many Tombstone gardens.

Upon his death at the age of 65, in December of 1958, he left his house to neighbors, Ed and Nellie Manriguez, with the stipulation that the home should stay untouched.

The Pioneer Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and stands as a memorial to the early pioneers. Ed and Nellie invite you to visit the board-and batten-house which still contains many family heirlooms.

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