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Tumbleweed? A lonely, godforsaken place. Some people say it's haunted. It was quite a town back in its day. Then they built the railroad to Armadillo and went clean past Tumbleweed. And that was that. Pretty soon, everybody had upped and left. Now it's just thieves, smugglers and bandits...
Marshal Johnson

Tumbleweed is an abandoned settlement in Red Dead Redemption and a declining town in Red Dead Redemption 2, in the Gaptooth Ridge region of the New Austin territory.

Background

Red Dead Redemption 2

In 1907, Tumbleweed had not yet been abandoned but was on the verge of the dying due to lack of railway passing through the town and harassment from local bandits called the Del Lobo Gang, compounded by a plague that is afflicting the citizens of New Austin.

While entering Tumbleweed for the first time, John Marston sees a lawman entering the town with a Del Lobo. Sheriff Freeman asks what the crime is, and after hearing that the crime was robbing a stagecoach, shoots him.

John can collect the bounties of two Del Lobos for the sheriff: Joaquín Arroyo and Esteban Cortez.

As the main settlement in New Austin, Tumbleweed has a saloon, a general store, a gunsmith (which lets out a bath and a room), a butcher and a stable. Temperatures in Tumbleweed are very high and it can often reach the mid-thirties (celsius) during the day while, due to being in a desert, the temperature can drop to single figures during the night.

Red Dead Redemption

It is unknown exactly when, but Tumbleweed became a ghost town, as well as a gang hideout. There are many different theories about how it became abandoned, but the most logical is that it was abandoned because the railway was built to Armadillo and had gone completely around Tumbleweed, according to Marshal Johnson. Not long after, everyone had moved away, causing bandits to overrun the town because of the lack of authority.

The Leigh Johnson mission "Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane" ends at this location, where a shootout between the Williamson gang and Armadillo law enforcement (along with John Marston). It results in Bonnie MacFarlane being saved from a hanging and the deaths of multiple members of the Williamson gang, including Norman Deek. The Seth Briars mission "A Gentle Drive with Friends" ends here and leads directly to the mission "Let the Dead Bury Their Dead", where Seth goes on a treasure hunt, only to find a glass eye, which takes place in Tumbleweed.

A portion of the Stranger side-mission "Who Are You to Judge?" takes place in this location.

Outlaws to the End

A sizable battle with Walton's Gang occurs here in the Outlaws to the End Co-op mission "The Escape".

Undead Nightmare

During the Undead Nightmare, Tumbleweed has one of three New Austin cemeteries that will need to be cleaned of the Undead to complete the mission "Get Back in That Hole, Partner". Like Jorge's Gap, Tumbleweed is filled with undead making exploring the buildings dangerous.

It does not need to be saved from undead, as it is one of the few gang hideouts which is abandoned, most likely due to the graveyard.

Buildings

Tumbleweed has several buildings all in various states of disrepair.

Church

Rdr tumbleweed church

Located on the far-east side of the town, the small church in Tumbleweed has a white clapboard with a small steeple. It is all only a singular room and has only eight pews with a pulpit at the front. Despite a few holes around the building, it may be the most well-preserved structure in Tumbleweed. Also, inside there are words written on the pulpit that read, "The devil has got into that beast." If the player stand facing the pulpit at night, and turn the camera around to the left behind the pulpit, there will be a blurry vision of a demonic face near the bottom of the glass.

Outside, there is a small shed and a small cemetery. Oddly enough, some of the headstones look new, while others have long since faded, with the newest grave being from 1907. The entire property is enclosed by a stone wall and wrought iron fence. In the northwest corner of the graveyard is a slightly crumbled grave marker of a lady named "Elenora Riddick", if a fire bottle is thrown at this grave it opens, revealing what appears to be an empty coffin. This is the grave that Seth was searching on his last mission.

General Store & Assay Office

The General Store is located on the east side of Tumbleweed, and is made of wood reinforced stucco. Inside are three barrels, a counter, a small shelf, and a cash register. Remnants of curtains flap in the wind. On the other side of the nearby path, there is a small wooden hut which contains a chest containing money.

An assay office is an institution set up to assess the purity of minerals. This suggests Tumbleweed was a mining town, possibly servicing Gaptooth Breach before it went bust. A further hint that Tumbleweed was a mining town is mentioned by Marshal Johnson in the mission "Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane". The assay office in Tumbleweed was owned by the Spickin Mining Company. Inside the office is a desk, shelf, counter, cash register, and brick kiln. The office is located directly north of the General Store.

Saloon

Rdr tumbleweed saloon

The Tumbleweed saloon is the northernmost structure in Tumbleweed. It contains an old bar littered with empty and broken bottles, a piano; the remnants of various mounted animals, a wagon wheel chandelier, and an office upstairs. Curiously, the clock on the wall is still functioning despite age and neglect. In single-player mode, there is a chest containing money located behind the bar, and in Free Roam there is a Bolt Action Rifle located in the office.

Sheriff's Office & Jail

Rdr tumbleweed sheriff's office jail

All that remains is one desk, and three chairs. It is on the west side of town. Next to it is a derelict brick jail divided into three rooms, with the rusted remains of one jail cell. It can be found at the northwest side of town, to the west of the saloon. Behind the jail is a small wooden shack which contains a money chest.

Gunsmith & Residences

Rdr tumbleweed residences

On the south side of the town, there are three unmarked buildings in a row. Two of them were probably apartments and/or houses, while the one in the middle was the Gunsmith shop. They all contain at least a bed and several moonshine bottles.

There is another residence building situated at the north of the town, which is almost completely in ruins; a money chest is located inside.

Barn

Rdr tumbleweed barn

The southernmost structure in Tumbleweed, this barn was meant for keeping horses. The area is littered with junk like anvils, spittoons, and wagon wheels. Sometimes, tamed nags (old horses) will spawn in the corral. There are three chests located here; two inside and one against the outside wall.

Mansion

Rdr tumbleweed mansion
Tumbleweed Mansion RDR2

The mansion is by far the largest structure in Tumbleweed. It is situated on a ridge at the westernmost part of Tumbleweed. The grounds around the mansion host a small stable, a gazebo (in which a money chest can be found), abandoned wagons, and various garbage. The wooden mansion was built on a brick foundation with a cellar. It is one of a few buildings in the game that has a cellar. Some players claimed that there's something in the middle window of the mansion after reading the in-game newspapers.

Cellar

The cellar is built on walled-in bricks with three unevenly sized brick support posts, and a wood wall, creating a horseshoe configuration. The floor is dirt and littered with garbage. There are various containers, boxes and chairs, as well as a casket, and a mattress inside the cellar. A bull's skull marks the location of Calhoun's Gold.

First floor

The first floor contains the front room, storeroom, and kitchen. In the front room, there is a piano, two overturned sofas, a wooden crate, a large fireplace, and a fully functional grandfather clock. The floor is littered with garbage and fallen ceiling panels. The kitchen contains a stove, long table, and several broken chairs. The storeroom has a desk with some pots on it, some barrels, and a broken shelf. There is a money chest located at the end of the hallway on the left hand side as the player enters from the main doors.

Second floor

There are two bedrooms. Each have their own bedroom space as well as an adjoining sitting room. These rooms are populated with various furniture such as beds, chairs, desks, armoires, nightstands, etc. While each room are both in disrepair, one has a surprisingly intact chair.

Amenities

Note: this concerns information relevant only to Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Butcher, centrally located
  • General Store, east of the butcher
  • Gunsmith
  • Saloon, north of the Butcher; poker can be played here
  • Stable, in the southern part of town
  • Stagecoach, to the west near the road

Notes

Note: this concerns information relevant only to Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • To the west of town, the Legendary Cougar can be hunted.
  • On a table on the front porch of the house in the west, the Cigarette Card for the Desert Fern Palm can be found.
  • The Cigarette Card for Caroline Lupine can be found on the roof of the sheriff's office, behind the sign.
  • On the mantle inside the burned-out house to the north is the Cigarette Card for Jesse Raymond.
  • On the platform of the windmill to the east is the Cigarette Card for Billy Midnight.
  • Southeast of the windmill on the edge of the plateau overlooking Tumbleweed is the Gaptooth Ridge Tumbleweed Bone.
  • North of Tumbleweed is an abandoned mission. Inside is a lockbox containing express pistol cartridges and high velocity repeater cartridges.
  • Further north from the mission and to the border is the Silent Stead shack. Under the bed inside is a lockbox containing Potent Miracle Tonic and high velocity rifle cartridges.
  • To the northeast of Tumbleweed, atop the cliff overlooking the canyon, is the Gaptooth Ridge North Tumbleweed Bone. This can be pinpointed by heading due west from Ridgewood Farm in Cholla Springs and crossing the border into Gaptooth Ridge.

Gang Hideout

Tumbleweed has a history of being used as a gang hideout by Unaffiliated criminals. In single-player, the protagonist can help a sheriff named Claude Banfield, to clear the town of criminals.

Headlines

This text appears in one of the newspapers about Tumbleweed, revealing what the citizens think about the ghost town:

TUMBLEWEED HAUNTED?
Following recent reports of ghost sightings in the abandoned town of Tumbleweed, visitors are continuing to tell of unnatural happenings and strange feelings. Some visitors claim to have seen spirits of the dead. Others ghosts, still others, ghouls and fairies. Our reporter on the scene found no evidence but we urge readers to send us reports of any unnatural happenings in the area.

MORE GHOSTS TAKE UP RESIDENCE AT TUMBLEWEED
The town of Tumbleweed, long believed by local residents to be possessed by evil spirits has claimed the lives of dozens more men. The area was found strewn with dead bodies and weapons leading the more educated and rationally minded amongst us to conclude that this is the work of mortal rather than unearthly beings. Rumors of riches hidden in Tumbleweeds abandoned mansion may have been the catalyst for the altercation, but for the moment it remains a mystery.

Multiplayer

Glitches/Bugs

  • Occasionally, enemies in multiplayer will be stuck inside the large rock near the church, resulting in seeing only their arms and the barrel of their gun. You will be unable to shoot them if this happens, though on rare occasions a close-up shotgun blast will do the trick. Dynamite works for this problem; throwing it in the direct vicinity of the trapped enemy will often work. Leaving the area and returning is the only way to correct this issue if unable to kill the entrapped enemy.
  • If the player shoots the hung victim's noose rope, it will extend to the ground and the victim will still be attached to the rope. This is only confirmed with the Evans Repeater.
  • Shooting the rope suspending the chandelier in the saloon results in it slowly disappearing, but the chandelier will remain suspended as if the rope was still there. If the player continues to shoot the rope, the rope will extend toward the moose antlers and the chandelier will stay in the same position. 
  • Sometimes, when the player calls for their horse, it will get stuck in the wall facing the front of the mansion in the cellar. However, the horse can be observed to be running, and only its tail and hind legs stick through the brick walls.

Trivia

General

  • Tumbleweed is based on Tombstone, Arizona. Like Tumbleweed, Tombstone was once a prosperous town proliferated by the mining industry. By the turn of the century, however, a fire destroyed its pumping plant, and the town lost its main source of income, and by the early 20th century the town was semi-abandoned and notorious for its delinquency.
  • The name of the town might be a reference to the 1968 Clint Eastwood western film Hang 'Em High. This is possible because in the film, a wagon full of criminals is called the "Tumbleweed Wagon" and the town of Tumbleweed is full of criminals
  • Tumbleweed resembles Tarnation of Red Dead Revolver, both being ghost towns that are overrun with criminals and gangs.
  • Several characters and events throughout the game vaguely hint to Tumbleweed being haunted by ghosts. This could be simply for atmosphere or some other effect; however, due to the large quantity of similar rumors concerning other Rockstar games, it is not implausible to consider that Rockstar has inserted Easter Eggs into the game.

Red Dead Redemption

  • In the church the words; "The devil has got into that beast," are scrawled on the top of the pulpit. This is possibly referring to the Dark Horse, or the extremely eerie dog barking. There is also a strange design in the back of the bottom shelf of the pulpit.
  • The reports of strange noises being heard in Tumbleweed by players as well as the reception the claim has received is reminiscent to the Sprunk Factory in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV as well as the many urban legends surrounding the countryside in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • A glitch can occur when attempting to complete the Tumbleweed gang hideout during Multiplayer. When killing the outlaws near the church, a criminal can spawn inside of a large rock. He retains the ability to shoot out of the rock, but the player cannot kill him with guns but throwing dynamite at the rock will kill him.
  • Many NPCs travel the road passing the mansion, but are not attacked by any gang members. If the player travels this road, they will not attack as long as one doesn't attack them. However in Multiplayer, the gang members will attack the player if they go through Tumbleweed.
  • It is possible to get the Winchester Repeater immediately after the second mission; just fast travel to Tumbleweed and clear it to receive a Winchester Repeater (the lawman must be kept alive in order to receive the weapon).
  • Moses Forth's father is buried in the graveyard. The inscription ironically reads, "This is one grave he cannot rob."
  • In the mansion, the player may sometimes hear a chicken clucking even though there is no livestock in the town.
  • According to a campfire tale, Walton Lowe can be seen sleeping in the Tumbleweed jail at midnight.
  • Jeb, an NPC the player can complete a strangers mission for at Rathskeller Fork has a wife buried here. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • The single power line in the town is connected directly to the Lanik Electric Company, three states over in Saint Denis. This means that it is possible to follow the power line the entire route, unbroken, between Tumbleweed and Saint Denis. Every other major settlement in the game (with the notable exception of Strawberry) is also connected via these power lines.
  • If the player enters the town as Arthur, law enforcement will immediately recognize him as a suspect in the Blackwater Massacre and attack him.

Undead Nightmare

  • The undead have a large presence in Tumbleweed, even after the graveyard is cleared. Usually one or two can be found in each residence, and more shambling around the town. They also spawn in hordes outside of the mansion. Inside the mansion, there are several undead that will wander out of the rooms and attack Marston. But if entered as undead Marston, they will stand motionless until provoked.

Marked Graves

Butch Somers

1876-1900

Rustler hanged by his own rope.

Hattie Tanner

In loving memory of Hattie Tanner.

Died March 16, 1898

Taken too soon.

Amelia Eaves

Died July 8, 1849 of Cholera.

Died 25 years ago.

Obediah Graves

Here lies Obediah Graves

1867-1886

Hanged for a crime he didn't commit.

Grace Blankenship

Here lies Grace Blankenship

Died May 15th 1907

Survived by loving husband Jeb.

Houston Greenup

1872-1905

Not as fast as he thought he was.

Unknown person

took her own life on September 8th 1906.

Herbert Forth

1858-1901

Loving father of Moses.

This is one grave he cannot rob.

Truman Briggs

25th of August 1892.

Loved by his mistress.

Murdered by his wife.

Isabel Feaney

Here lies Isabel Feaney of Ridgewood Farm.

1881-1905

Elenora Riddick

Died on June 27th 1882

Aged 25 years.

To live in the hearts of others is not to die.

Unknown person

1852-1881

So drunk he did not remember dying.

Lincoln Crenshaw

April 29th 1904

A life long sinner. All dressed up and now he's here.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption 2

Gallery

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption

Redemption Multiplayer

Undead Nightmare

Trophies/Achievements

Red Dead Redemption

Completing the Tumbleweed hideout is associated with these gameplay achievements:

Evilspirits1
25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete Tumbleweed and Tesoro Azul hideouts in singleplayer.

Slowonthedraw
10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Get 10 assists in a single hideout in a public Free Roam session.

Havegunwilltravel
20 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete all hideouts in single public Free Roam session.

Onthetrail
10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

Redeemed
100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

Undead Nightmare

Cleansing the cemetery at this location contributes toward the following Achievements/Trophies:

Rdr judge a man
30 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze

Rdr zed's dead baby
40 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Attain 100% Game Completion statistic in Undead Nightmare.

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