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Hmmm...So Many Pictures, So Little Time!! What a feat! To try to get all the great pictures of the Bird Cage Theater onto this little page.
Never have I seen a building that was so full of history. Even in the many museums that I have been in, was I as excited as I was walking through the Bird Cage Theater. For anyone interested in western history, where the west was won, gunslingers and Wyatt Earp, this is the town to visit and the Bird Cage is THE place to be. You could spend days in this museum just looking at all the antiques and artifacts the owners have obtained regarding the history of Tombstone.
The owners were gracious enough to share all this information and the stories behind them, with us as we proceeded to film the Bird Cage. We were allowed to spend an evening in the Bird Cage to perform our investigation and to do the filming we needed. Note the paranormal incidents that happened are at the bottom of the page.
Doc Holliday's favorite game of Faro was played in this saloon. While draw poker (or "bluff poker" as it was called then) was actually a rarity, almost every saloon in the Old West featured the game of faro. It is said a “Buck the Tiger” shingle or a colorful tiger drawing was usually posted outside to indicate a “Faro Bank” was inside. Faro is a "banking" game where the players (which were then called "punters") play against the house or dealer. As such, faro dealers often travelled with their gaming equipment from town to town, setting up faro games in a saloon in exchange for a piece (percentage) of the action. In the movie "Tombstone" you see Wyatt Earp (portrayed by Kurt Russell) do this very thing. This is the actual table he played faro on.
|This hearse is only one of eight that were made back in the late 1880's. It has inlaid gold around the window and rounded window panes - unusual for the late 1880's. This particular hearse was used to take gunslingers and townsfolk alike up to Boot Hill to be laid to rest.|
|This poker room is in the "basement" or the lower story of the Bird Cage. It is set up similar to what it was back in its hey day. There was a poker game that lasted for eight years and four months and included such names as the father of William Randolph Hearst.|
These three pictures give you an idea of what the inside of the Bird Cage looks like. In the first picture, you can see the right hand wall. You will note the balcony room on the bottom and the "crib" on the top. The cribs were used for men and women to enjoy each other's company while enjoying the show. The men paid anywhere from $20-$25 per night to enjoy the women's company and the use of the box. The second picture shows the left hand wall and the stage stairs. The third picture shows where the orchestra would be seated.
This booth is situated right next to the stairs up to the stage. It was used for two years by "Russian" Bill. The story goes that Russian Bill came from his country speaking barely any English to pick up some of his family's money to buy a business, but became so enthralled with western life he decided to stay. He was a complete gentleman but wanted to be just like a cowboy. He was teased by the other cowboys who said he wasn't ever going to be a cowboy and decided he needed to prove himself. He went out and stole a horse in a different county, was found and arrested by the local law in the county and hung until dead. His family made inquiries about his whereabouts and when that occurred, the local law sent Russian Bill's family a letter that said something like, 'we are sorry for your loss but your relative has passed on in our county from a fall that occurred from a height.'
Here are the things that we found in the Bird Cage Theater:
With all these antiques of history, here are the things that happened to us while we were investigating there for three nights:
SIDE NOTE: Her camera actually took 16 pictures. The anomaly presented itself as an orb that was caught moving on the film. It is important to remember...she did not touch the camera while it was taking the pictures. The pictures were being snapped by themselves. Here are the pictures that were taken on their own
You can make up your own mind as to what took place in the Bird Cage, but our determination that it is definitely haunted was confirmed by temperature readings, EMF readings, video photography.
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