During our time in Arizona, we made a side trip down to Tombstone, site of the famous OK Corral shootout. The town of Tombstone is a tourist mecca, and much bigger than I expected. Most of the buildings in Tombstone are reconstructions. The only existing original structure is the Bird Cage Theater, a building I was familiar with from the television show “Ghost Hunters.”
Unfortunately, the theater specifically prohibited posting interior pictures on websites.
Is the Bird Cage Theater haunted? If feeling nauseated and short of breath is a sign of a ghostly presence, my internal radar says most definitely yes.
After the Bird Cage Theater we decided to stop for refreshments at Big Nose Kate’s.
Big Nose Kate, for those who don’t remember, was Doc Holiday’s lover.
Tombstone is a haul from Phoenix, so after a reenactment show at the OK Corral and a little more wandering around town, we got back into our car and drove down to Bisbee for the night.
Bisbee is a mile-high city a short drive from Douglas and the Mexican border. A center of copper mining, it is filled with Victorian architecture and old hotels. We stayed at the Bisbee Grand Hotel’s Oriental Suite, an affordable set of rooms with a private bath, including claw-foot tub. Here are two features of the suite, an antique Chinese marriage bed:
And one of the many decorations, a peacock:
The next morning we headed back to our base in Phoenix, but on the way we stopped at a gift shop. While I was browsing for souvenirs, my husband interrupted me, book in hand. The book was called Sleeping with Ghosts.
“Guess what,” he said with a big smile, “the room we slept in last night is in this book!”
The Bisbee Grand Hotel is haunted by a young woman, but she didn’t bother us. We slept like babies in that big antique bed!