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About Doc Holiday
About Wyatt Earp

About Virgil Earp

About Morgan Earp

About James Earp

About Warren Earp

About Newton Earp

About William "Curley Bill" Brocius (outlaw)

About Billy Claiborne (outlaw)

About Pete Spence (outlaw)

About Ike Clanton (outlaw)

About Phin Clanton (outlaw)

About Johnny Ringo (outlaw)

About "Old Man" Clanton" (outlaw)

Frank Stillwell (outlaw)

About Frank McLaury (outlaw killed at the OK Corral)
About Tom McLaury (outlaw killed at the OK Corral)

About Billy Clanton (outlaw killed at the OK Corral)

About Johnny Behan (Sheriff)

William Breckinridge (Deputy Sheriff)

About Fred White (Marshal)
About George Parson

About Wells Spicer (Judge)

About George Goodfellow MD

About Nellie Cashman (Angel Of Mercy)

About Big Nose Kate (prostitute & Doc Holiday's girlfriend)

About Ed Schieffelin

About John Clum (editor/publisher of Tombstone Epitaph)

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Morgan Earps Death In The Tombstone Epitaph
Tombstone Epitaph Story The Day After The OK Corral Shootout

Tombstone Pioneers Burial Place
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Mistakes In The Movie Tombstone

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For fallacies in the movie Tombstone please visit this web site: http://www.ferncanyonpress.com/tombston/movie.shtml

These pictures of Tombstone were not all taken in one visit. I have been to Tombstone on 7 different occasions  and took pictures each time I was there.

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On Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona, "the town too tough to die," stands the Bird Cage Theatre, a combination brothel, gambling hall, theater, and saloon. Back in the 1880s, it was a favorite night spot for many of the Westís most legendary characters, including Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson. This one-stop sin shop was described by the New York Times as ďthe wildest, roughest, wickedest honky tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." This reputation was well earned: the Bird Cage was the scene for twenty-six deaths during its eight years of business.
Since closing its doors in 1889, laughter and music from another time still echo from the inside of the Bird Cage at night, its resident spirits caught in another dimension they often make visible to the living. 

03. The Bird Cage Theater reopened in 1934 with all of the original decor.

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06. Inside the Bird Cage Theatre

07. Famous dancing girls of the Bird Cage Theatre

08. It is said that this chair was leaned against the table when the last hand was played at
the Bird Cage Theatre.

09. Inside Bird Cage Theatre

10. Basement Bar at the Bird Cage Theatre

11. In basement of Bird Cage Theatre

12. Prostitute booths ay Bird Cage Theatre

13. Prostitutes room at the Bird Cage Theatre

14. Inside the Bird Cage Theatre

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16. Basement bar in Bird cage Theatre

17. Basement bar in Bird cage Theatre

18. In the Bird Cage Theatre

19. In the Bird Cage Theatre

20. Many famous people went to the Bird Cage Theatre. Wyatt, Morgan and Virgel Earp, Doc Holiday, Diamond Jim Brady, George Randolph Hurst, Johnny Ringo, "Curley Bill" Brouics and many others.

21. Original painting of Geronimo hanging an the wall of the Bird Cage Theatre

In the late 1800's, Big Nose Kates Saloon was once the Grand Hotel. This great hotel hosted such infamous personalities as Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, as well as the Clantons, and McLaurys. Mary Katharine Haroney, known as "Big Nose" Kate Elder, was born in Pest (Budapest), Hungary, on 7 November 1850 and died 2 November 1940 in Prescott, Arizona. In between, she was the lover of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, and before she met Holliday, knew Wyatt S. Earp. Kate is also known as Kate Fisher and Mary Cummings. By 1874 Kate was in Wichita, Kansas, working as a soiled dove in a sporting house owned by Nellie "Bessie" Earp, the wife of James Earp, Wyatt's brother. Though Kate always stated that she did not meet Wyatt Earp in Wichita, Wyatt was there and it was a very small town. It is likely they knew each other, but Kate protect her long-time lover, John Henry Doc Holliday by not admitting it - and Wyatt was clearly silent about it. Kate did meet Doc Holliday in Fort Griffin, Texas, and is well-known for an Old West legend of burning a hotel to sneak Doc out of jail. Kate and Doc went to Dodge City then, where Wyatt Earp was working. Living in the famous Dodge House Hotel, on Dodge City's Front Street, Doc did run one advertisement for dental services. However, his main work was gambling in the wide-open faro and poker games of the 1870s. After a very short period of time -- months -- Kate and Doc followed Wyatt Earp and his brothers to the new boom town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Kate Elder was a probable witness to the 1881 "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" never saying much, but being the witness to Doc Holliday immediately after the shootings. His return to their room, and his crying about the terror of the Gunfight, are among Kate's best known stories in her journal. After Tombstone, and the wave of shooting that Doc and Wyatt carried out after Wyatt's brother Morgan was assassinated, Kate followed Doc to Colorado, where he died in Glenwood. After Holliday's death, Kate married a blacksmith named George Cummings, but their marriage lasted only a year due to Cummings's alcoholism. Later, she moved back to Arizona where she worked as a housekeeper until 1930. Finally, a frail Kate (Mary) Cummings entered the Arizona Pioneers Home in Prescott, a state establishment for elderly Arizona residents, where she lived out her life. Kate was able to get her life story written down, with help. She is one of the tough women of the West.

"Big Nose Kate's Saloon." While the saloon itself, was not one that was in Tombstone during itís heyday, the name "Big Nose Kate" is synonymous with Tombstone history. "Big Nose Kate" Elder or Fisher, as some called her, ran the first combination saloon and brothel in Tombstone. Kate is also known for her turbulent relationship with the gambling former dentist, John Henry "Doc" Holliday. For many years Kate was "Docís" live in girlfriend. To some peoples dismay, Holliday was never married to "Big Nose Kate." Originally in itís heyday, this same building was the Grand Hotel, where the Clantons would stay when they came to town. In fact, Ike Clanton and the two McLaury brothers were registered guests, the night before the famous OK Corral gunfight, October 26, 1881. Originally, the bar area was down stairs in the basement, while the upper levels were strictly the hotel. One of the many Tombstone mining shafts still leads into the basement bar area, that has just been opened back up to customers after 100 years! This really made it easy for the thirsty miners in the 1880's. They would simply come up through the shaft into the basement bar area, have a drink, then head on back to their jobs as hard rock miners. The Grand Hotel bar, now up stairs in the saloon, is the only original bar in Tombstone still in use today! The only other bar that survived the fires of 1882, is the bar in the famous Bird Cage Theatre, which is now a museum. If you get a chance to visit Tombstone, Visit "Big Nose Kate's Saloon," walk up and order a drink from the very same bar that Ike Clanton, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday ordered from, and Iíll promise you goose bumps!

The other thing I must tell you about is "Swamper the Ghost!" Thatís right a Ghost! "Big Nose Kate's Saloon" is said to be haunted by the spirits of an old miner, nick named "Swamper." Tombstone residents, saloon employees and even tourists, have experienced the "Swamper!"

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25. Inside Big Nose Kates Saloon

26. Inside Big Nose Kates Saloon

27. Men's room in Big Nose Kates Saloon

28. Inside Big Nose Kates Saloon


  
 

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