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Your Oriental Saloon Newsletter: Tombstone Tips Issue #24
June 01, 2100

Insider Info Newsletter

March 2019


~ ~ Oriental Saloon, Tombstone AZ

~ ~ January Events/Insider Update Review

~ ~ The Latest at Tombstone Travel Tips


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The Oriental Saloon Building
As It Appeared October 2018
A Long History in Town - On This Corner Since 1880

#1 - Jim Vizina Started It All

~ ~ On the Northeast corner of Allen & 5th Streets, Jim partnered with Benjamin Cook to construct the original building. It contained the Oriental Saloon, but also a furniture store, dry goods store & a bank.

~ ~ The building was referred to as the Vizina & Cook Building. It brought the partners a rental income of $560/month. Milton Joyce was the 1st to lease the corner space to create the Saloon. He named it the Oriental.

~ ~ Opening day was July 21, 1880. He hired Lou Rickabaugh's group to run the gaming.

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#2 - Joyce is In & Then Out

~ ~ Joyce was able to secure a deal for the deluxe bar he purchased from San Francisco. Made for the Baldwin Hotel, it turned out too small - so he grabbed it!

~ ~ The Oriental Saloon had occasions to make the local news. It would do so more than once over the years. You may have noted it was featured, along with Milton Joyce, in the Film Tombstone.

~ ~ It was the trouble with law enforcement that seemed to attach it at times to the Oriental. Seems the Cowboys were often right around that corner of Allen & 5th, many times just about out in front of the Oriental Saloon. Having their fun.

~ ~ One of the incidents that made it through history was the killing of Charlie Storms by Luke Short. The Oriental was getting a reputation as a "slaughter house" in some circles. Joyce decided to close down the gaming there.

~ ~ By the end of the next year, Joyce was done! Plus he had so much more going on for himself. He decided to sell his Oriental interest to Rickabaugh.

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#3 - 1st Fire Disaster!

~ ~ 2 awful fire events affected the Oriental Saloon. The 1st one was the worst of all!

~ ~ It was the middle of the afternoon on June 22, 1881. 3 doors East of the Oriental, a fire began - explosively! It didn't take long to move West to the saloon.

~ ~ Even though its construction was of adobe, the inside ceiling was cloth. That spread it through the inside voraciously! Milton Joyce was just able to get the cash box from the safe. In about 1 hour the fire destroyed not only the saloon, but 66 businesses were gone or severely messed up. The Vizina & Cook building had the biggest insurance loss.

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#4 - Rebuild - But Watch Out!!

~ ~ Right away Vizina & Cook got 100 workers started construction on the same spot. Clearing away destruction, they rebuilt.

~ ~ On mid afternoon May 26, 1882 - this day is memorable in Tombstone History! Horrific, really. Flames again began on Allen St., between 4th & 5th. They spread East - heading toward the Oriental.

~ ~ Thankfully it wasn't a windy day! Police Chief Dave Neagle had officers, along with the fire-fighters battling flames. They held off the roaring embers right there on that corner of 5th & Allen.

~ ~ The Golden Eagle Brewery was gone, but the Oriental survived! A bucket brigade continually doused water over the building, the surrounding area & some of the inside. There was nominal damage amounting to $2000.

~ ~ The defenders were rewarded with drinks from the bottles inside that were saved. All that they wanted!!

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~ ~ There are often historical remembrance events that make one want to know what were the true facts for people who roamed Tombstone & the Old West. What was their life like? What tools did they use?

~ ~ And we enjoy sharing what we find with you.

We hope we'll see you in town sometime, seeing areas where they spent time - back in the 1800s.

Let us know if you'll be going to an upcoming event! Tell us how you liked any of them, or what you visited here! Just reply to this newsletter for easy input! (Let us know if we can use your comments - credit with just a first name & last initial; or only initials; or anonymous.)



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~ ~ 4TH - The Oriental Saloon is Coming Back!! It's actually being reinvented, a new business in town.

~ ~ Alright, so we did mention this before, too. But now, it seems it's really happening. Opening in February is the word. It will be called "Wyatt Earp's Oriental Saloon & Theater". It's run by the owners of the Crystal Palace. They're in the process of hiring crew right now.

~ ~ They're planning for 3 to 5 daily shows.

~ ~ It will be entertainment suitable for the family. I believe it will be somewhat interactive with the patrons, as well. Alcohol won't be served - there isn't any liquor license. Don't know if there's any plan for that in the future.

~ ~ So that sounds quite interesting - there's not anything quite like that in town right now. We'll have to see how they work it out!

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An Early Tombstone Name - Reopening
From the Arizona Daily Star: Wed., Feb. 11, 1880

~ ~ Vogan's Update!

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CORRECTION!!~ ~ In later years it reopened. But more recently closed down again. It's been up for sale now for quite a while. Well, it seems someone bought it - & it's reopened!

~ ~ We'll have to get over there & check that one out soon!!

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