Wednesday, 5 October 2011

THE GHOSTS IN A BIRD CAGE

I came across an apparently very active property known as `The Birdcage Theater` in Tombstone, Arizona.

This building is in a remarkable state of preservation having been built in the late 19th century to service a growing clientèle from the then bustling silver boom for prospectors.

The `theater` was then essentially a bar and brothel and it`s name related to 14 boxes or cribs situated on two balconies on either side of the main central hall where the prostitutes entertained their clients with drapes that could be drawn for privacy.

The main hall contained a stage and orchestra pit at one end where live shows were performed.

The Bird Cage Theatre operated continuously – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – for the next 8 years. It gained a reputation as one of the wildest places in the country, prompting The New York Times to report in 1882 that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast". More than 120 bullet holes are evident throughout the building.


Artistes such as Lillian Russell, and many other famous entertainers of the day were alleged to have performed there over the years, including Eddie Foy, Sr., Lotta Crabtree and Lillie Langtry. In 1882, Fatima allegedly performed her belly-dancing routine at the Bird Cage Theatre.

It is believed that the twenty six murders occurred during it`s heyday, resulting in reports of paranormal activity.

The building was not opened again until it was purchased in 1934, and the new owners were delighted to find that almost nothing had been disturbed in all those years. It has been a tourist attraction ever since, and is open to the general public year-round, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

Unsurprisingly noting it`s wild history, the building is allegedly haunted, and here are two videos made - one commercially, the other privately which show some interesting activity.

The building has been investigated by a number of TV programs over the recent years.


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