Rose Tree Museum
The Rose Tree Museum started as a boarding home for a mining company. One couple's stay turned a simple boarding home into a local historical site for the upcoming generations of Tombstone, Arizona to love. The rose tree was planted and survived in the Arizona desert and continues to grow to this day. In honor of the "World's Largest Rose Tree," Tombstone hosts an annual Rose Festival.
Backstory and Context
one of the oldest families who settled in Tombstone bought the boarding home
and turned it into an Inn, Ethel Macia became fascinated with the rose tree. Since
it was planted, the rose tree had grown very tall and wide. Ethel Macia loved
the view, and her husband, James, saw the value in the rose tree. By devising a
trellis system of wood poles and metal pipes, James gave the rose tree the
support it needed to grow even bigger. He used the rose tree as a shady patio
for the Inn’s guests.
As the rose tree grew even bigger, it began to attract a lot of attention from people all over the world. In 1933, the rose tree was featured as the “World’s Largest Rose Tree” in a column called “Strange As It Seems,” and was even included in Robert Ripley’s famous “Believe It or Not” column. The Rose Tree holds the title of the “World’s Largest Rose Tree” in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Rose Tree Inn has now been converted to the Rose Tree Museum. The patio and backyard are still open to the public for a $5.00 admission price. The tree now covers almost 5,000 square feet. There is also an elevated viewing platform to see the tree’s large canopy.
During the tree’s blooming season, the town holds an annual Rose
Festival in April to celebrate the town’s “Shady Lady.” This festival attracts
people from all over the world in hopes of seeing this beautiful Rose Tree. The
2019 Rose Festival will mark the 133rd blooming of the rose tree. A couple of
the festivities include naming an outstanding high school student the Rose
Queen of that year, a pancake breakfast, old-fashioned box lunch auction, and
the annual Rose Parade. The festival also has a variety of shows for
entertainment such as historical gunfights, Art in the Park, Mariachi and
Folklorico performances, and a round-table discussion with members of
Tombstone’s oldest pioneer families.
Tombstone Rose Tree Museum Update. Down by the River Bed and Breakfast. . Accessed December 08, 2018. http://downbytheriverbandb.com/2013/04/05/tombstone-rose-tree-museum-update/.
Rose Tree Museum. . . https://tombstonerosetree.com/.