Tombstone, Arizona is still alive with the hauntings and history of the Wild West. With so many stories to hear and places to explore you’ll want to spend a day walking the town and checking out the area. Don’t miss Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and the Bird Cage Theatre for a thrilling peek inside authentic old West brothels. Take a hike or drive to BootHill Graveyard and pay your respects to the citizens from the past. And be sure to check out the notorious O.K. Corral where you may catch a reenactment of the legendary gunfight. You might even want to hire your own guide for the afternoon. You don’t want to miss the stories of the ghosts and spirits still roaming the streets, do you?!
Bird Cage Theatre: One of the wildest establishments in the Old West had an auspicious grand opening on Christmas Eve,1881. The Bird Cage was a theatre, but it was also a brothel, gambling hall and, of course, a saloon. There have been multiple sightings of apparitions who appear in 1900s garb, including cowboys and ladies of the evening. There’s also plenty of paranormal phenomena for the brave ghost hunter to capture, including music, gunfire and glasses sliding down the old bar.
Big Nose Kate’s Saloon: Dubbed “The Best Historic Saloon in the West,” Big Nose Kate’s Saloon opened in September 1880, albeit as the Grand Hotel. It was a luxuriously furnished establishment that saw the likes of the Earp brothers, the Clanton gang and Doc Holliday as guests. The hotel burnt down in the 1882 Tombstone fire; however, some fixtures survived and are in the saloon today. By the way, Kate, who was the long-time girlfriend of Doc Holiday, did not have a big nose physically, but was known to be rather inquisitive. Is it haunted? According to locals and employees of the saloon, yes! Flying pots and pans, etherial voices and disappearing apparitions are experienced frequently.
Boothill Cemetery: Also known as the Old City Cemetery, Tombstone’s Boot hill burial ground sits away from what is left of the town on a small rise. Originally founded in 1878, its earth is filled with the remains of the gunslingers, prostitutes and outlaws that once roamed the streets of the mining town. There are recorded sightings of strange lights and sounds and shadow people darting among the tombstones. One report has the ghost of Billy Clanton rising from his grave and heading into town.
Tombstone’s Buford Home: This two-story adobe home was built by entrepreneur George Washing Buford in 1880 and served as the family’s home until 1888. Sadly, three of the Buford children died within its walls of illnesses that were epidemic at the time. The house itself continued to be either a private residence or boarding house as it weathered the centuries. There’s said to be two unhappy–even malevolent–spirits that haunt the residence, so disruptive that the house is considered a paranormal hotspot for investigators.
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