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The Birdcage Theater

This is easily one of the west’s most amazing landmarks and authentic tourist attractions. Located in the historic town of Tombstone, AZ, this piece of history is said to be the home of 26 deaths during its reign as one of the meanest places in the city. In fact, there are still well over 100 bullet holes in the building. Now it is a tourist attraction that brings in loads of tourists as everyone wants to see one of the most infamous places of the Wild Wild West.

Brief History of the Birdcage Theater

The town of Tombstone was founded in 1879, and it quickly became a huge boom-town in a small amount of time due to the silver rush that followed. Tombstone was a very isolated city that was home to some of the worst gangs and criminals of the time. One of the most famous gun fights was the one that involved the O.K. Corral in 1881.

The theater opened on December 25th, 1881. By 1882, the New York Times was quoted as calling it “The wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast.” The theater was a gambling parlor that operated from 1881 all of the way to 1889. It was also a brothel as well.

To this day it is said that there has been a lot of paranormal activity at the theater. People that work there and visitors have reported seeing different things in and around the location. Of course, regardless of whether or not you believe in paranormal activity, it is still a very historic location to say the least.

People from all over come to see the well preserved Birdcage Theater and get a look of the authentic Wild Wild West. If you are going to be visiting Allen Street or have an interest in the old west, this is one location you just can’t miss.

Contact Information

You can find more information on the Birdcage Theater at:


The address is 535 East Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638. You can also reach them by phone at (520) 457-3421.