The Bird Cage Theater In Tombstone Arizona, had its Grand Opening On Dec 26 1881. It gained a reputation as one of the wickedest theaters between New Orleans and San Francisco. The New York Times reported "The Bird Cage Theater is the Wildest, Wickedest Night Spot, Between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast"... The Bird Cage Theatre operated continuously, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for eight years, from 1881 to 1889. Legend has it that 26 people were killed in The Bird Cage during its Reputed Eight Years as one of the Wildest and Meanest places in Tombstone. Over One Hundred and Forty bullet holes remain in the building...
The Building Was Not Opened Again Until It Was Purchased In 1934, The New Owners Were Delighted To Find That Almost Nothing Had Been Disturbed In All Those Years. It Has Been a Tourist Attraction Ever Since, and Is Open To The General Public Year-Round, From 9:00 Am To 6:00 Pm Daily. The Bird Cage Theater Is Tombstone Arizona's Most Authentic Attraction, And One Of The West's Most Famous Landmarks.
THE WORLD FAMOUS EVENING GHOST TOURS IN THE BIRD CAGE THEATER PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Visitors and Employees of The Bird Cage Theater have reported seeing the spirits of former Prostitutes and Men in Cowboy hats. Some claim to have been touched and pushed by unseen forces. At night, the sounds of laughter, yelling and music have been heard, as though the parties of "The Old West" were still raging... GHOST TOURS: The tours start at 6:15 PM - Tickets are available daily at The Bird CageTheater, In the town of Tombstone, AZ. Bring your Camera and a sense of adventure, to the most Infamous Saloon in "The Town that Never Dies" MORE INFORMATION & GHOST TOUR RESERVATIONS AT 1-800-457-3423
TOMBSTONE ARIZONA HISTORY The town of Tombstone was founded in 1879, Fueled by mineral wealth, Tombstone was a city of 1000 by the beginning of 1881, and within another year Tombstone had become the seat of the new Cochise County, with a population between 5000 and 15000, and services including refrigeration, running water, a telegraph and limited telephone service. Capitalists and businessmen moved in from the Eastern U.S. Mining was carried out by immigrants from Europe, chiefly Ireland and Germany. An extensive service industry was provided by Chinese and other immigrants.
TOMBSTONE AZ FIRES 1881 AND 1882 As a result of the relative lack of water and quick wooden construction, Tombstone experienced major fires in June 1881 and May 1882. The second fire was particularly destructive and signaled the end of the classic old boomtown mining city. Since Tombstone was in the desert, a company built a pipeline to supply the town with water. No sooner was this pipeline built than Tombstone's silver mines struck water. After the mid-1880s, when the silver mines had been tapped out, the main pump failed, causing mines to flood with deep groundwater, and Tombstone declined rapidly.
THE "BLACK MORIAH" HEARSE Carried all but six of the Tombstone residents to Boothill Graveyard. The hearse is trimmed in 24k gold and sterling silver and was the first vehicle with curved glass. This is only one of the eight made and can be seen on display in The Bird Cage Theater. It was said that the Black Moriah, had "A Cowboy For Breakfast Everyday." The Black Moriah is Valued by the Ford Museum at over Two Million Dollars, It ran from 1881 to 1917. The Nightly Ghost Tours are based in this area of The Bird Cage Theater due to the High amount of Paranormal Activity that may be connected to The Black Moriah.
PROSPECTOR ED SCHIEFFELIN In the summer of 1877 prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills east of the San Pedro River in the southeast portion of the Arizona Territory, when he came across a vein of very rich silver ore in a high plateau called Goose Flats. When Schieffelin filed his mining claim he named it "The Tombstone" after a warning given him by a passing soldier. While telling the soldier about his rock collecting experiences, the soldier told him that the only rock he was likely to collect among the waterless hills and warring Apaches of the area, Would be his own Tombstone.
THE "DOC HOLLIDAY" CUP In a interview with Val Kilmer about the movie "Tombstone," He noted that the Doc Holliday Prop Cup was just a little too lightweight to do the flipping scene effectively, so they added some unseen putty to the inside for extra weight. It let him get some extra inertia so he could practiceand perform the scene.The Bird Cage is Proud to Sell The Best Quality "Doc Holliday Cup" Available.If you want to Practice "Cup Flipping," This is the Perfect Weight, and the only cup that isa Replica of the Original, owned by Doc Holliday. MORE INFORMATION
THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE ORIGINAL WORKING POLYPHON The Famous Bird Cage Theater Polyphon on display, uses a large, long running spring motor that is coin-operated. A Silver Dollar was used to play a Single Revolution of the disc. The music is produced by a Double Comb melody and Piccolo section, mounted on a short bedplate, directly attached to the massive sound board. The sound performance is Loud, Rich and Resonant. The Walnut cabinet is in its original finish and shows some nicks and bumps from its earlier days of use in The Bird Cage Theatre. While many of the Original Disc's are Still Playable, We Have Chosen 15 to be Played on The Bird Cage Polyphon and Recorded onto a CD. Copies are Now available for a Limited Time in our Gift Shop. MORE INFORMATION
THE WESTS LONGEST PLAYED POKER GAME When you take "The Bird Cage Tour" or "The Ghost Tour" you can explore the Basement, Where they had the West's longest poker game, Lasting 8 years 5 months and 3 days, It Ran Non-Stop, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The minimum Buy In was $1,000 to get into the game, Famous gamblers like BAT Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, Adolphus Busch, from Busch brewery and George Randolph Hurst, Would meet 4 times a year to play in this game. Keep your Camera ready, Many of our Patrons have seen and Photographed "ORBS" in the Basement area.
A TOMBSTONE ORIGINAL "THE BELLY UP BAR" This is the Original "Belly Up" Bar that was Hand Made out of cherry wood, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and then shipped all the way around the Horn of South America, on the "Star of India" and dropped off in Guaymas, Mexico, Where there was a Wagon Train waiting, then it Continued the journey to Tombstone Arizona, for the Grand Opening of "The Bird Cage Theater" on December 26th 1881. The Bird Cage Theater Belly Up Bar is a Tombstone "Must See" Original Item. Visit The Bird Cage Theatre today...
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