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This buiding signed as Golden Eagle Brewery houses the famous Crystal Palace Saloon which after restoration in 1963 looks exactly like in 1880' when mine officials, gunmen, prospectors, rustlers, lawyers, stage coach bandits, cowboys, lawmen, gamblers, homesteaders and hangers-on rubbed elbows day and night along its lengthy bar. Today the Crystal Palace Saloon is still a favorite watering hole and meeting place for many Tombstone residents. It's said that it's the only authentic saloon still operating in Tombstone. I paid attention to the original copper ceiling, adobe walls, and beautiful replica of the massive bar as well as to many little decorative items, old lamps, chandeliers etc.

HISTORY
The Crystal Palace Saloon first was called the Golden Eagle Brewery featuring fine bock beer, a free lunch, and a display of wild animals.The Golden Eagle Brewery was in business until the fire - an explosion caused by a cigar - in 1881.

Near midnight on December 28, 1881, Virgil Earp was walking across Fifth Street towards the front door of the Eagle Brewery when numerous shotgun blasts rang out from a second floor window of the Huachuca Water Company building across Allen Street. Virgil Earp survived this ambush, however his left arm was seriously injured and damaged for life.

After 1882 rebuilding, the Crystal Palace became the place most frequented in Tombstone. To have an office on the second floor of this building was tantamount to having the best address in Tombstone.

The front office facing Allen Street was occupied by Virgil W. Earp (Marshal of Tombstone and Deputy United States Marshal.) The adjacent office was occupied by the famed retired army surgeon, Dr. George Goodfellow.

The Prohibition Amendment finally closed the Crystal Palace. The building served as a Greyhound bus station, warehouse, and movie theater till restoration in 1963.



Address: PO Box 374, Tombstone, AZ 85638
Directions: At Allen Street, the first paralel street south of Arizona State Road 80 (E. Fremont Street). Details in my transportation tip: Around Tombstone. Map here
othercontact: cpsaloon@aol.com
Phone: +1 (520) 457-3611
Website: http://www.crystalpalacesaloon.com

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  • Updated Feb 26, 2007
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