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

Bird Cage Theatre

 
 
Bird Cage Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
1. Bird Cage Theatre Marker
Inscription.
This structure has been
recorded by the
Historic American
Buildings Survey
of the United States Department
of the Interior for its
archives at the Library of Congress.

 
Location. 31° 42.72′ N, 110° 3.918′ W. Marker is in Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on East Allen Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on building at northwest 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. Curly Bill Brocius (here, next to this marker); M. Calisher General Store (a few steps from this marker); The Oriental Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); City Marshall Virgil Earp (within shouting distance of this marker); Owl Cafe and Tourist Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tombstone, Arizona (within shouting distance of this marker); Tombstone Engine Co. No. 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campbell & Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tombstone.
 
Regarding Bird Cage Theatre. The Bird Cage Theater was one of the most notorious places
Bird Cage Theatre and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
2. Bird Cage Theatre and Marker
of entertainment in the "Old West". It was a saloon and a theater. For $25 you could get a bottle of whiskey and the services of a "soiled dove". It was also the location of the longest lasting poker game in history, played continuously 24-7 for over eight years.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bird Cage Theater. On December 25, 1881 the Bird Cage Theater opened, and in 1882 the New York Times reported that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." (Submitted on October 23, 2011.) 

2. The Bird Cage Theater. Photos and a 10-minute video giving the history, information on the current "resident spirits" and information on visiting this museum. (Submitted on October 23, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Bird Cage Theatre image. Click for full size.
By F. D. Nichols, circa 1937
3. Bird Cage Theatre
Historic American Buildings Survey
November 1937 GENERAL VIEW HABS ARIZ,2-TOMB,18-1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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