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Museum & Galleries

Arlene’s Gallery & Southwest Trading

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Business: Arlene's Gallery and Southwest Trading
Contact Phone Number: 520-457-3678
Email: info@arlenesgallery.com
Website Address: www.arlenesgallery.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/arlenestombstone
Location: 400 E. Allen Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Description: Many people have visited our stores over the years, and have said the following, “ We did not expect to find these stores in Tombstone!” Thus, we have adopted that phrase in our advertising! We are proud, and grateful, to hear those comments about our stores on a daily basis. Our customers say this because of our commitment to quality, unique selection of merchandise, and customer service and satisfaction.

Arlene’s opened in 1978 in the “Town Too Tough To Die”, Tombstone, Arizona. Two more locations were opened in Tombstone the early 1980’s. Today, we have 3 Arlene’s locations on historic Allen Street to serve you. In addition, we have a western wear shop, The Branding Iron, at 503 E. Allen Street.

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Tombstone Association of the Arts

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Business: Tombstone Association of the Arts
Contact Phone Number: 520-457-2380
Email: TombstoneArtGallery@gmail.com
Website Address: www.tombstoneartgallery.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/TombstoneArtGallery
Location: 383 Allen Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Description: A non-profit organization established for the purpose of furthering the arts in the Tombstone vicinity. In order to generally portray the western flavor of the Tombstone area and to fulfill agreements with the City of Tombstone for the use of its Historic building and contribute to an on-going effort to maintain the historical integrity of the building, the Gallery will display original art, crafts and quilts only.

The Tombstone Art Gallery will promote endeavors of youngsters and adults alike and support charitable and educational activities within the City of Tombstone.

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Amerind Museum & Research Center

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Business: Amerind Museum and Research Center
Contact Phone Number: 520-586-3666
Email: amerind@amerind.org
Website Address: www.amerind.org
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/AmerindMuseum
Location: 2100 N. Amerind Road, Dragoon, AZ 85609
Description: The Amerind Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit archaeological research insitution and museaum, established in 1937, which seeks to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, and conservation.

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Tombstone Courthouse State Park

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Business/Organization: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
Contact Phone Number: 457-3311
Email: tombstonecourthouse@tombstonechamber.com
Website Address:  www.TombstoneCourthouse.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/TombstoneCourthouse
Location: 223 Toughnut Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Description: Built in 1882 in the shape of a Roman cross, the two -story Victorian structure once housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer, board of supervisor, jail and courtrooms of Cochise County. Today exhibits portray the authentic history of Tombstone as a frontier silver mining boomtown including a replica of the gallows where seven men were hanged.

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Rose Tree Museum & Gifts

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Business/Organization: Rose Tree Museum and Gifts
Contact Phone Number: 520-457-3326
Location: 118 S 4th St, Tombstone, AZ 85638
Website: www.tombstonerosetree.com
Facebook Address:
www.facebook.com/TombstoneRoseFestival
Email: info@TombstoneRoseTree.com
Description:
Home of the world's largest rose tree. The "Lady Banksia" rose was planted in 1886 and covers approx 9000 square feet. Museum has many relics from the pioneers of Tombstone in the 1880s. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

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Boothill Graveyard

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Business/Organization:   Boothill Graveyard & Giftshop
Contact Phone Number:   520-457-3300
Email:   tombstoneboothill@tombstonechamber.com
Website Address:   www.TombstoneBootHill.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/boothillgraveyardtombstone
Physical Location: 408 N. HWY 80 - Fremont Street, Tombstone AZ 85638

Description:   Boot Hill was founded in 1878 on a slight hill just north west of the city. This historical cemetery was the burial ground, for all of Tombstones earliest pioneers.
The name Boot Hill comes from the fact that many of these graves were filled with people that died suddenly or violently with their boots on! Some two hundred fifty known people were buried in Boothill, before it officially closed its doors in 1884.

All of the graves are not marked in their exact location. For many years this famous graveyard sat dormant, falling victim to the many elements. The original wooden grave markers were badly decomposed and unreadable in modern times. Reality is some of the graves could be off a couple of feet, one way or the other, but most are quite close to their exact location. Over the years, Boothill has been extensively studied. The graves not already marked with a headstone, have been remarked close to there original locations, using city records and charts.

Today, many still read unknown, because in the early days people didn’t carry any type of identification. If a man was found dead and not identified by his family or friends, it was customary for the undertaker to display the dead man on a cooling slab in his parlor window, so the towns people passing by could try to identify him.

Some people were only identified or known by their nicknames.

Today, Boot Hill is a favorite stop for Tombstone tourists. It is located on State Hwy 80 in Tombstone, Arizona.

Tombstone Boot Hill is managed by the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce

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Bird Cage Theatre

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Business/Organization:  Bird Cage Theatre
Contact Phone Number:  520-457-3423
Website Address:  www.tombstonebirdcage.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/bctheatre
Business Address:  535 E. Allen Street, Tombstone  AZ 85638
Description of Business:  A noted original historic Landmark of the Authentic Old West.
Haunted Informational Links:

SELF GUIDED TOURS
Hours: Daily 9 am - 6 pm.
Phone:520-457-3421
Admission: $10

NIGHTLY GHOST TOURs
HOURS: DAILY 6:15 PM - 8 PM.
(CALL TO VERIFY)
PHONE: 520-457-3421 ADMISSION: $20

 History:
The famous Birdcage Theatre opened its doors on December 25, 1881 and for the next eight years would never close, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Also called the Bird Cage Opera House Saloon, the establishment featured a saloon, gambling parlour, theatre, and a brothel.  In no time, the "theatre” gained a reputation as one of the wildest places in Tombstone, so bad that the few self-respecting women in town refused to even walk near the place. The New York Times reported in 1882, that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast" which isn’t far from the truth since 140 alleged bullet holes can still be seen in the ceiling and the walls.
 
As for the name behind the famous saloon, the story goes that when Broadway writer/composer Arthur J. Lamb visited, the balcony boxes reminded him of gilded cages, and the girls, who wore skimpy costumes adorned with colored feathers, of birds. Supposedly, he sat down at the theater’s grand piano and composed “She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage.” The song was a huge hit, and the theater's owners, Billy and Lottie Hutchinson, capitalizing on its popularity, changed The Elite’s name to The Bird Cage Theatre.  

Many famous and notorious legends frequented the Bird Cage. Performers such as Lillian Russell, Lotta Crabtree, and Eddie Foy Sr. have performed on the stage along with Fatima, the belly dancer. Others like the Clantons, Earps, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday and even Pete Spence, laid down many silver coins for a shot of whiskey. The basement was set up as a poker room and where the story is told that the longest-running poker game in history was played there. This game was played 24 hours, and apparently lasted eight years, five months, three days, with over 10 million dollars exchanging hands. Some of the participants were Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, and George Hearst, with the house getting 10 percent of the profits. The game ended when the ground water seeped into the mines, flooding many of the buildings. In 1889 the town went bust, along with the Bird Cage Theatre and the building had to be closed.

More than 50 years later, in 1934, the Bird Cage reopened as a tourist attraction with everything still in place. It is one of Tombstone's best-preserved pieces of history. Walk through the theaters’ doors and it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The red-draped, gold-trimmed balcony boxes (called “cribs”) are still intact, as are the stage curtains, bar, paintings, piano, jukebox, and card-laden poker tables.

 
Today the Bird Cage stands as a tourist attraction and a visual look into its colorful past. With its violent history, there is no short supply of ghostly activity reported there. Several ghost hunting teams such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and Ghost Lab have investigated the place with incredible results.
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