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Desert Honkytonk

By: Bruins, Roger A.
Price: $17.95

Fulcrum Press, 2000.
This colorful history of Tombstone’s favorite honkytonk shows how westerners played hard in the frontier West. Home to western-style vaudeville, the Bird Cage Theatre was touted the "wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." The riotous, smoke-filled establishment served up singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other "forms of live entertainment" for the hard-rock miners, cowboys, railroad workers, soldiers, speculators, assorted drifters, and outlaws and lawmen of an emerging West. Desert Honkytonk unveils the story of the Bird Cage through careful research and lively storytelling, providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives that populated the desert Southwest in the early days.
Paperback, 200 pages.