The Bird Cage Theatre
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Arizona, Is a National Tourist Attraction that is open to the public year round, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, AZ. Had its Grand Opening On Dec 26,1881, and in 1882 the New York Times reported that " The Bird Cage Theater " is the Wildest, Wickedest Night Spot, Between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." 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 a new county (Cochise County)with a population between 5,000 and 15,000, and services including refrigeration (with ice cream and later even ice skating), running water, 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.
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.".
GHOST TOUR RESERVATIONS AT 1-800-457-3423
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...
As a result of 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 be flooded with deep groundwater, and Tombstone declined rapidly. The U.S.census found it had fewer than 1900 residents in 1890, and fewer than 700 residents in 1900.
Tombstone is home to perhaps the most famous graveyard of the Old West, Boot Hill. Buried at the site are various victims of violence and disease in Tombstone's early years, including those from the O.K. Corral. Boot Hill, also known as the old city cemetery, was also the destination for bad-men and those lynched or legally hanged in Tombstone. Currently, the Boothill Graveyard is open to the public without fee, and is a popular stop for tourists visiting Tombstone.Located on the northwest corner of the town, the graveyard is believed to hold over 300 persons.
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 practice and 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 is A Spot On Replica of the original owned by Doc Holliday.
THE BIRD CAGE THEATER is Tombstones most authentic attraction, and one of the West's Most Famous landmarks. 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 a Hundred and Twenty bullet holes remain in the building...
The Ladies of the night, Plied thier trade in cribs, Suspended from the ceiling in the building. 14 cribs line the sides of the Gambling Hall in the Bird Cage Theatre, 7 on each side of the room. The ladies would close the drapes to entertain their clients.
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 was made in Rochester New York by the Cunningham Brothers 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"...
This is the Original "Belly Up" Bar, that was made in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It is made out of cherry wood and it was 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 Continued its journey to Tombstone, AZ . 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...
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 See and Photograph "ORBS" in the Basement area.
The Bird Cage Polyphon uses a large, long running spring motor that is coin-operated. A Silver Dollar was used to play a 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, or Online using the "See More" Link Below.See More
Enter Daily For a chance to win this Months Prize: A Bird Cage Collectible Badge! Only available On our WebSite, Or in The Bird Cage Theater Gift Shop. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Current Sweepstakes ends at 8:59 a.m. ET on September 30, 2016
The Bird Cage Theatre Tombstone, AZ.