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

The Oriental Saloon

1880

 
 
The Oriental Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
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2008 by Tombstone Restoration Commission. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 31° 42.742′ 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. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 Killed Marshal Fred White Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Bird Cage Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Million Dollar Stope (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tombstone.
 
The Oriental Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
2. The Oriental Saloon Marker
Rear of Marker is at left side of photo.
The Oriental Saloon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
3. The Oriental Saloon
The Oriental Saloon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
4. The Oriental Saloon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 4,001 times since then and 307 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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