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THIS MONTH'S OVERVIEW:
~ ~ Birdcage Tombstone Preview Look-See!
~ ~ August's Events: Insider Update Review
~ ~ The Latest at Tombstone Travel Tips
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BIRDCAGE TOMBSTONE PREVIEW LOOK-SEE!
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone AZ is a special building.
It's one of the original, historic landmarks in town. Its grand opening was just after Christmas of 1881. It survived the horrible destructive city fire of May 1882. THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE
The first owner, who formed its concept, worked in the acting & entertainment business himself. It was a success as soon as it opened. The productions catered to the energies of the miners, cow-boys and ranchers who were in town.
Entertaining Shows - Refreshing Drinks - Games of Chance -
Private Conversation & Comfort
ENTER THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE
Southwest Corner of Allen & Sixth Streets
BIRD CAGE THEATRE TODAY
COME INSIDE - LOOK AROUND!
#1 - The Lobby
~ ~ You can step inside the Bird Cage lobby & get a preview of what it's like further on. Purchase tour tickets here & ask for further info. It's also a gift shop.
~ ~ Check out the original bar - still here! Bullet holes from back in the day are pointed out on tours. See many interesting items in this room - including the original staircase to access the "bird cages."
LOTS TO SEE IN THE LOBBY/GIFT SHOP -
WHERE YOU PURCHASE TOUR TICKETS
#2 - The Main Auditorium
~ ~ Where audiences sat to view shows, is now a museum. Many Tombstone historical artifacts are stored here. Not only from the Bird Cage - but from the town itself.
~ ~ Wander around - there is so much to see! You'll find memorabilia from recognizable names - like Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp & Johnny Ringo.
~ ~ Be sure to look up! It's those infamous "bird cages" -
14 private, elevated boxes where the evening ladies entertained customers. The "soiled doves" pulled the red curtains closed when working.
VIEW THE BIRD CAGES - SET UP WITH "CUSTOMERS"
Is That Wyatt Earp Up There??
#3 - Black Moriah
~ ~ Here's the hearse that brought many an 1880s gunfighter to Boot Hill Cemetery! That may have included two of the Cow-boys who were shot down in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral! It's now on stage at the Bird Cage - in the performance back-stage area.
~ ~ Some say the Black Moriah is haunted! Birdcage Ghost Tour guides believe it! I think it could be. We've taken the Ghost Tour (recommended!) - & some strange things have happened!!
~ ~ Have you had any Ghost Tour experiences? Especially any that relate to the 1800s? We'd love to hear about it! Please post it here - Click for Info - or reply to this newsletter with your
story, & permission to post it - & we'll post it for you!!
AT THE BIRD CAGE - THE BLACK MORIAH HEARSE COACH
BIRDCAGE AROUND 1920
It Was Already Closed -
Waiting For Better Times & Some Loving Care!
#4 - Tombstone's Longest Poker Game
~ ~ A tour takes you to the basement. Where the longest high-stakes poker game took place. All was left in place after the Bird Cage Theatre closed, when hard times hit town. When the Birdcage reopened as a museum, it was still left in place - with some additions to demonstrate the event.
~ ~ The game went on continuously, 24 hours a day. You'd need $1000 to play - a vast sum in those days! The game continued almost 8-1/2 years!
TOMBSTONE'S LONGEST HIGH-STAKES POKER GAME -
AT THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE
#5 - Exclusive & Private - Ladies of the Night Rooms
~ ~ Some women who plied their trade of adult comfort were exceptional in their beauty, culture, hygiene & talents. They commanded a higher price, & were able to take clients into comfortable, private rooms with nice amenities.
~ ~ The basement of the Birdcage had a few rooms for their use.
A percentage of their earnings went to the Theatre's management. Still - it was a more comfortable & lucrative method for them in this business.
HIGH-PRICED WORKING LADY'S ROOM
~ ~ The Bird Cage Theatre underwent some closings & reinventions through the years. And so many goings-on there - some not so savory! It gained a reputation throughout the country!
EXCLUSIVE CLIPS FOR TOMBSTONE TIPS READERS
Above Article From the Arizona Daily Star
November 19, 1882 - Page 4
Description by the "Sonora Tramp"
NEWSY NOTE - 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
From Tucson's Arizona Daily Star
Friday, December 29, 1882 - Page 2
WRESTLING AT BIRDCAGE
From Tombstone Daily Epitaph
Thursday, February 4, 1886 - Page 2
~ ~ The Bird Cage began to sponsor Wrestling Matches to generate interest, & income for the business. That was just one of the reinventions that took place over the years.
We hope we'll see you in town, getting a chance to check out the Bird Cage Theatre!
AUGUST'S EVENTS: INSIDER UPDATE REVIEW
The Inaugural Doc Holli-Days
As we'd mentioned - would Val Kilmer really come to town?
And the Inaugural Event seemed to be a very large success. We saw more people in town that Saturday than on any other event in recent years. People parked so far out from Up-Town, that when we went in for the parade start - we couldn't get a good parking spot.
We live 7 blocks from the edge of town, so decided we may as well just walk in - since parking came to almost where we lived! But a big monsoon storm came in the evening - & we ended up walking home in the rain! Yikes!!
THE BOARDWALK WAS PACKED ALL DAY!
Val Kilmer was in the parade. He did appear at the Mustachery - from what I heard from others. He was at Schieffelin Hall in the morning for personal meetings, as advertised. We attended the one-man show there at 7 pm given by Wyatt Earp's great-grand nephew (quite good) - Kilmer was supposed to appear. We were hoping for that, but he didn't - & it wasn't mentioned.
STANDING OVATION FOR THE PERFORMANCE
The Gentleman Doc Holliday
So that's the story!
Silver Mine Tour "Demise"
Sad to say - the well-regarded Silver Mine Tour is no more! The owner, Andre Dejournett, closed it down & moved up to Virginia City Nevada. For a similar venture there - where he feels the city is more friendly in its interactions with supporting such ventures.
We still mention it on our Tombstone Tours page, with an update. It's up for sale. If there are any takers, we sure hope they do as good a job as Andre did. We're sorry to see him go.
You may wonder about his sign: "Closed for the Season" - so did we when we first saw it! We were so surprised, since we knew he was selling & planning the move. Then we found out he didn't want to say "Closed Due to Lack of Customers" - as he felt his business interests weren't being met in Tombstone, as they would be in Virginia City. (Hmmm - don't get me started!)
But he thought it would sound nicer if he said "Closed for
the Season" - even if it isn't quite accurate. Hopefully the "season" won't go on too long, if someone purchases the mine enterprise. And also does a good job with it!!
Any takers out there??
RIP - Hoping for Resuscitation!!
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Until Next Month,
Karen & Bill McGowan