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This writeup provided by:
Rose Tree Inn
Museum & Gift Shop
Mr & Mrs. Burton Devere, Jr.
P.O.Box 808
Tombstone, Arizona   85638
(520) 457-3326

See also:
The Tombstone Rose
by Jeri Jennings
Our Trip to Tombstone!
by Alan Zelhart

A postcard featuring the Rose
Tree Inn
's famous arbor of
Lady Banks Rose

In spring, thousands of small white,
double roses are produced between
March and April

The massive trunk of the rose tree

Everything is 'Rosey' in Tombstone
The World's Largest Rose Tree

      This Lady Banks Rose, the World's Largest Rose Tree, will celebrate her 113th blooming season in April, 1998.   The Rose Tree is Tombstone's most famous 'Shady Lady'.   She was planted in Tombstone in 1885 and unlike the various gun-fighters who stayed a short time and went on their way, she has remained, growing more beautiful with the passing years.
      The 'Town Too Tough to Die' was nearly done for in 1937 when Robert Ripley of the famous Believe It or Not visited Tombstone.   He gave this Lady Banks Rose the title of the World's Largest and to-date it has never been disputed.   Guinness' Book of World Records also lists her as the World's Largest.   The unbelievable spread of branches and blooms is supported by pipes and posts and covers an area of over 8,000 square feet.   The trunk of the tree is approximately 12 feet in circumference.
      How did this lovely lady come to be in Tombstone where the city populace was known for planting men, not rose bushes?   Is was a young Scottish woman, Mary Gee, who was responsible.   Mary, the bride of a mining engineer who worked for the Old Guard Mining Company, was staying at the Cochise House, while her own home was being built.   (The Cochise House is the former name of the Rose Tree Inn).   She was homesick for her native Scotland and its green hills,   Her family thought it would cheer her up to have some part of her homeland with her and they sent her several plants and cuttings, one of which was her favorite, the Lady Banks Rose.
      During the time Mary and Henry Gee resided at the Cochise House, Mary became great friends with the proprietress, Amelia Adamson.   When her shrubs arrived, Mary gave one to Amelia and together they planted it in the back yard of the Cochise House.
      It took root quickly and grew over a near-by shed. Eventually the Cochise House was brought by J.H. and Ethel Macia, who never suspected that their pretty Lady Banks Rose in the patio would someday be the World's Largest Rose.
      In 1965, the present owners turned the Inn into a museum which depicts the life of Tombstone in the 1800s.   The museum attracts thousands of visitors; however, the main attraction is the 'Shady lady' in the patio with her marvelous branches screening out the bright sun and heat.
      Plan to visit the World's Largest Rose Tree anytime of the year - it offers a delightful relief from the summer heat.   The Rose Tree blooms just once a year, usually the buds start coming out about the middle of March and it continues blooming through the month of April.   The Museum is located on the corner of Fourth an Toughnut Streets, on block off the main street intersection of Allen and Fourth.   It is just one block north of the historic Court House and within gunshot of the O.K. Corral.   The white Lady Banks Rose continues year after year to bring pleasure and awe to people from around the world.

      Admission is $2 per person.   Children under 14 years enter free when accompanied by an adult.   For further information contact the Rose Tree Inn at (520) 457-3326 or the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

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