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Tombstone Trolley Tours

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Business: Tombstone Trolley Tours
(Part of Old Tombstone Western Theme Park)
Contact Phone Number: 520-955-3090
Email: oldtombstonewesterntown1879@gmail.com
Website Address: http://www.oldtombstonewesternthemepark.com/
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/oldtombstone
Location: 339 S. 4th Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Description:  See all of the hotspots in Tombstone with our trolley tours! Our expert conductors know all the ins and outs of the history of the Town Too Tough Too Die. Features service to and from Legendary Boot Hill Cemetery!  Also on the weekends: don't miss the chilling Ghost and Murder Tour: taking you to Boot Hill and the 13 most haunted places in Tombstone!

Our Old Western Town Theme Park includes:
- World Famous Gunfights
- Several choices for food and drink
- Trolly Tours
- Mini Golf & Shooting Gallery
- Old Time Photo Shop
- Gift Shop

Please check our website for schedule and more information.

Tombstone is haunted! Enthusiasts and experts alike have been flocking to Tombstone for its paranormal activity for decades.

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Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride

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Business: Great American Adventures  - Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride
Contact Phone Number: 505-286-4585
Email:  s.m.shaw@msn.com
Website Address: www.great-american-adventures.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/GrtAmAdv
Mailing Address: 10 Coila Court, Tijeras, NM 87059
Description: Great American Adventures conducts the annual Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride. A five day ride on horseback. You'll shadow Wyatt Earp's Trail of retribution against the cowboy. Action, listening and historic sites.

Click Here for Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride Registration Information

The Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride happens each year mid-October.

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O.K. Corral

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Business/Organization: O.K. CORRAL
Contact Phone Number: 520-457-3456
Email: info@ok-corral.com
Website Address: www.okcorral.com
Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/OK.corral
Physical Location: 326 East Allen Street, Tombstone AZ 85638

Description: World-famous site of the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral® in Tombstone, AZ. Enjoy daily reenactments of the famous Gunfight at 2 pm, with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Life-sized animated figures of the gunfighters are located on the very spot where the Gunfight began. Visit our four museums. See Doc Holliday's room and admire over 100 of C.S. Fly's photos of 1880s Tombstone and the Apache Geronimo. Actor Vincent Price tells Tombstone's story in Tombstone's Historama. Handicapped accessible. Admission. Kids under 6 free.

Enjoy daily reenactments of the famous Gunfight at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. 

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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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The Tombstone Epitaph

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Business/Organization:  The Tombstone Epitaph Contact
Phone Number:  520-457-2211
Website Address:  www.tombstoneepitaph.com
Facebook Address:  https://www.facebook.com/tombstoneepitaph/
Business Address:  11 South 5th Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638

Description of Business:  Famous Old West newspaper. Free tour of our 1880's newsroom and print shop. Read original O.K. Corral gunfight reports. National Historic Journalism Site. Subscriptions $25/year.
The Epitaph Newspaper was founded by John Clum in 1880.  In the beginning, he called the paper The Clarion, but changed it when he decided that every Tombstone deserved an Epitaph.  The first issue was published on May 1, 1880 on a printing press housed in a large canvas tent on Fremont Street.   Tombstone’s first newspaper, The Nugget, was across the street.  As one can imagine, the two newspapers quickly became rivals frequently engaging in editorial fencing.  The Nugget Newspaper burned down in the fire of 1882 and the Epitaph survived. 

John Clum was a colorful character, once an Indian agent on the San Carlos reservation.  He was elected Mayor and served as Postmaster before selling the Epitaph and leaving Tombstone in 1882. 

The Epitaph has had many owners over the years.  It moved from a two story adobe structure next to the Grid Block, on Fremont to its present location on 5th Street in 1927.  It was purchased by Tombstone Historic Adventures headed by Harold Love in the 1960s.  It is still owned and operated by the Love family. 

So much of Tombstone’s history was written and preserved by the newspaper.  Daily events, social events, fashions, church services, births and deaths, disasters (natural and unnatural), and economic conditions are preserved on their pages. 

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