He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
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Bird Cage Theatre
Old West theater, gambling hall,
saloon, and brothel in Tombstone, Arizona, haunted by
The Bird Cage Theatre achieved fame and notoriety in the
1880s as the roughest, wildest honky-tonk in the West. It
was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In its eight
short years of business, 20 gunfi ghts and 26 murders took
place there. Some of the most famous personalities of
the Wild West were frequent visitors, among them Wyatt
Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson.
The Bird Cage was especially famous for its prostitutes,
the “soiled doves” and “tainted angels” who entertained
men in “cribs” or “cages”—alcoves on the second
fl oor over the main hall. Men paid 20 to 25 dollars for the
company of one of the girls. While the entertaining went
on in the cribs, exotic dancers took the stage to music
played by a live orchestra.
Supposedly, a card game lasted the entire history of the
hall—eight years, fi ve months, and three days. Doc Holliday
especially liked to play Faro, a popular game in the
19th century. The combination of liquor, gambling, and
women was combustible, leading to the gunfi ghts that
left 140 bullet holes in the hall and untold bullet holes in
victims. The unlucky ones were collected by hearse and
carted up to Boot Hill for burial. One of the unfortunate
dead was Morgan Earp, brother of Wyatt. Morgan was
killed on a pool table that still bears his bloodstains.
The Bird Cage closed in 1889. It is now a museum, in
near original condition. Tombstone is much the same as it
was in the late 19th century and is a popular tourist draw.
Footsteps have been heard on the stairs to the basement
where the gambling took place. POLTERGEIST and ghostly
phenomena include lights going on and off, sensations
of presences, and problems with cameras and other
equipment. Phantom SMELLS of tobacco and whiskey can
suddenly permeate the air, and the sounds of shouting,
laughter, and gambling are heard. Sounds emanate from
the empty cribs on the second fl oor. The parlor where the
long game went on—and where the higher-priced women
entertained men in side rooms—is one of the most active
areas of the theater.
APPARITIONS of people dressed in late-19th-century
clothing are seen, especially a man wearing a black visor
who walks across the stage.