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Below Tim Trask, Gallery of Dreams owner and master sculptor explains the history behind the legendary figures and his inspiration for the statues.
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Ed Schieffelin as most of you know was the prospector who found the silver strike which created the town of Tombstone. He truly was the “Founder of Tombstone” (The title of the bronze). His story is the classic story of the prospector striking it rich. Once he found the deposit he had to work in another mine for a few months just to get enough money to travel and file his claim. His claim made him a very rich man in those days when he sold it years later. Prospecting kept drawing him back though. He died in his prospecting cabin in Oregon. It was said he was found just after he had assayed some new ore samples. The samples were very rich, He had scrawled on a note that he had did it! He had found another mother lode. Where the strike was found was never known. His body by his instructions was returned to Tombstone where he was interred in a cairn of rocks outside of Tombstone. The cairn is over 20 feet high and is marked as the grave of Ed Schieffelin created by the friends of Ed Schieffelin. It was placed where he had camped when he found the silver strike. I chose to depict Ed Schieffelin as he would have appeared while prospecting His prospectors pick in his right hand, his left hand holds the prized Sharps rifle. (The weapon of the time for accurate shooting over long distances) A cartridge belt on his waist carries the extra ammo he might need. On his hip are the revolver and Bowie Knife needed for survival in those rough times. His canteen is over his shoulder, He carried all the things he needed to survive in the desert while prospecting. He would never camp in the same place to elude the Apache Indians who were on the warpath at the time. Ed Schieffelin was a true pioneer in every sense of the word. This bronze sculpture represents the many people who came out hoping to strike it rich. Ed Schieffelin was the “Founder of Tombstone” and he should be memorialized in Tombstone.