Synopses & Reviews
This story of Tombstone's Bird Cage Theatre sheds new light on the Old West and the various characters who shaped it.
Desert Honkytonk tells the story of the Bird Cage Theatre---Tombstone, Arizona's infamous home of western-style vaudeville in the 1880s.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-190) and index.
About the Author
Roger Bruns is Deputy Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He is the author of 14 adult and children's books, including The Bandit Kings: From Jesse James to Pretty Boy Floyd (Crown Publishers, 1995) and Almost History (Hyperion, 2000).
Table of Contents
A naughty establishment -- Ed Schieffelin finds silver in Goose Flats -- A disturbance in Tombstone -- Playing the desert -- Booming culture in the boom town -- The honkytonk of Allen Street -- The soiled doves -- The mystery of Sadie Earp -- Tall tales and somewhat true -- Wrestlin' and hoofin', dancin' and singin' -- Gambling mania -- The clientele -- "The Chinese must go" -- The Joe and Minnie show -- The tragedy of Bird Cage Mollie and Buckskin Frank -- Bird Cage reveries.