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Tombstone in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Oriental Saloon

1880

 
 
The Oriental Saloon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
1. The Oriental Saloon Marker
Inscription. The Oriental Saloon was opened in 1880 by Milton Joyce with the gaming concessions run by Lou Rickenbaugh. The Epitaph News described it as "the most elegantly furnished saloon this side of the Golden Gate". Wyatt Earp bought a share of the gaming tables. The Oriental became one of Tombstone's most notorious saloons due to several shooting deaths on the front walk. It was also the scene of confrontations, one involving gunfire, between Milt Joyce and Doc Holliday and later with Virgil Earp. The Oriental burned in the 1881 fire with the conflagration spreading so quickly Joyce was unable to save anything. The building owners, Vizina and Cook, rebuilt quickly and the Oriental re-opened for business as usual. Once again, the Oriental was threatened in the 1882 fire, but the fireman made a stand there and by keeping a steady stream of water on the building were able to keep the damages minor. Joyce left Tombstone in 1884. When state prohibition came to Tombstone in 1914 the Oriental became a drug store and remained so for a number of years. Since then it has had many tenants and purposes but still stands in it original historic location.
 
Erected 2008 by Tombstone Restoration Commission. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Location. 31° 42.742′ 
The Oriental Saloon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
2. The Oriental Saloon Marker
Rear of Marker is at left side of photo.
N, 110° 3.952′ W. Marker is in Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is at the intersection of East Allen Street and South 5th Street, on the left when traveling east on East Allen Street. Click for map. Marker is on the northeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Owl Cafe and Tourist Hotel (a few steps from this marker); City Marshall Virgil Earp (a few steps from this marker); M. Calisher General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell & Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor (within shouting distance of this marker); Curly Bill Brocius (within shouting distance of this marker); Bird Cage Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tombstone Engine Co. No. 1 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Tombstone.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Oriental Saloon Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
3. The Oriental Saloon
The Oriental Saloon Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
4. The Oriental Saloon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,649 times since then and 190 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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