Contention City is a ghost town in South East Arizona. It lies a few miles north of the better known town of Tombstone. The place lasted less than a decade. once the railroad was extended further south and water was found in industrial quantities at Tombstone then its economic base disappeared. We have very little idea of what Contention City looked like. The few pictures in the public domain show very little. As result it exists as much as a place of the imagination. Growing or shrinking, coming into focus as a substantial town or shrinking to a frontier outpost.