Category Archives: History

Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ

    Despite the souvenir shops you have to pass by and pass through to get there; despite the parking lot that is only an ill-disguised fence away; despite the age-old jokes and the occasional humorous headstone – in fact, AGAINST ALL … Continue reading

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“A Bird in a Gilded Cage”

                                                                       Please take a moment to read these lyrics, because they impact upon Chatty’s musings later in this post – plus, they’re a hoot!                                 “The ballroom was filled with fashion’s throng,                                 It shone with a thousand lights;                                 And there … Continue reading

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So, about those “soiled doves”…

    The decent women of Tombstone – and apparently there were a few – refused even to walk on the same side of the street as The Birdcage!     Unfortunately, the Birdcage was right on the main drag – Allen Street – … Continue reading

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Stone walls may not a prison make…but a cage is still a cage.

    According to the official pamphlet, the Birdcage Theater was named for “the 14 bird cage crib compartments that are self-suspended from the ceiling overhanging the gambling casino and dance hall”.                 Trust Chatty – as creepy as this photo is, looking … Continue reading

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Picture it – Tombstone, Arizona – the Town Too Tough to Die.

    Chatty was all over Tombstone – the history of the American West! Cowboys! Gunfights! Poker! Loose women!                                  Chatty immediately gravitated to the famous (well, infamous) Birdcage Theater. A genuine glimpse into the west of the 1880’s, it is the … Continue reading

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The Mystery Castle of South Mountain

    Chatty has been to a Mystery Castle. Yes! The “castle” part is obvious once you take a look – it’s built of stone and love; but you’ll have to keep reading to get to the “mystery” part.     There once lived a man, … Continue reading

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