THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE
IN TOMBSTONE AZ, HAD ITS GRAND OPENING ON DEC 24 1881. IT GAINED A REPUTATION ASONE 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
THE BIRD CAGE THEATER 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 THEATER DURING ITS REPUTED YEARS AS ONE OF THE WILDEST AND MEANEST PLACES IN TOMBSTONE ARIZONA.
OVER ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY BULLET HOLES REMAIN IN THE BUILDING...
THE BIRD CAGE THEATER TOURS.
VISITORS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE BIRD CAGE THEATER IN TOMBSTONE, AZ. 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...
SELF GUIDED TOURS
HOURS: DAILY 9 AM - 6 PM.
NIGHTLY GHOST TOURS
HOURS: DAILY 6:15 PM - 8 PM.
(CALL TO VERIFY)
More Information on GHOST TOURS...
One of the only original buildings that survived the fires. Really cool and historic - it was crazy to see the amount of bullet holes! Employees were very knowledgeable. Awesome experience.
I've been to the infamous Bird Cage Theater 4 times in 6 years, and I always learn something new with every trip. Gambling, drinking, shows, and prostitution. What more could an old cowboy or prospector ask for in the 1880's...
They have a haunted tour available after hours. Well worth it! Had the battery on my camera drained and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There are spirits there!
VISIT THE BIRD CAGE THEATRE TODAY
- LOCATION -
ADDRESS: ALLEN STREET, TOMBSTONE, AZ.
DIRECTIONS: I-10 EXITS 303, 304, OR 306, THEN SOUTH
ON HWY 80 FOR 23 MILES. AT THE CORNER OF SIXTH ST,
TURN TO THE RIGHT, AND CONTINUE FOR 1 BLOCK.
LOTS ARE LOCATED NEXT TO
THE BIRD CAGE THEATER.
From 1881 to 1917, The Black Moriah Carried all but six of the Tombstone AZ 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.
The Nightly Ghost Tours are based in this area of The Bird Cage Theater, Due to the High amount of Paranormal Activitythat may be connected to "The Black Moriah".
TOMBSTONE AZ FIRES 1881 - 1882
As a result of the relative lack of water and quick woodenconstruction, 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 "BELLY UP" BAR
This is the Original "Belly Up" Bar, 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.
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 Visitors to The Bird Cage have seen and Photographed "ORBS" in the Basement area.
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. Many of the Original Disc's are Still Playable, We Have Chosen 15 to be Played on The Bird Cage Theatre Polyphon and Recorded onto a CD. Copies are Now available for a Limited Time ONLINE, Or in The Bird Cage Theater Gift Shop.
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...
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 to 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 Replica of the Original, owned by Doc Holliday. $49.99 BUY NOW