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Helldorado Days brings boost to Tombstone businesses

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tourists aren't the only ones celebrating Helldorado Days. Shops and restaurants along Allen Street in Tombstone have seen a much needed boost in business over the last few days.

"We were busier than heck!" said one Tombstone resident.

That seems to be the consensus. Helldorado Days brought thousands of people to Allen Street in Tombstone. On its final day, families are out taking in the history.

"They thrive on it, they come out and they enjoy seeing it. People enjoy seeing the wild west and how they lived back then," said Harrell Thomas, a visitor from California.

As Tombstone works hard to preserve history, right now, self preservation of this old way of life is the toughest fight they're facing.

"We've got shops closing, we've got everything because people aren't here," said one Tombstone resident.

But, businesses are banking off the busiest weekend of the year. RaAnn Nerud owns Spur Western Wear. She says her store was 15 to 20 percent busier this year because she stayed open later.

"For me, it's a party in the street. They're across the street, drinking and having a good time. They wander over here and do some sales with us," said Nerud.

Across the street, at Tombstone Oil & Vinegar Company, workers say business has been good.

"This is our first year. We did have a goal and met our goals," said Ellie Baker with Tombstone Oil & Vinegar Company.

Shopkeepers hope visitors will continue to come year round and spread the word.

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