Tombstone, AZ is home to one of the most haunted eateries in the state, Big Nose Kate's Saloon. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The Big Nose Kate's Saloon of today first got its start as the Grand Hotel in September 1880. Declared one of the finest hotels in the state, it was luxuriously furnished and had 16 bedrooms. They were fitted with solid walnut furnishings, toilet stands, elegant fixtures, and wallpaper. The lobby was equipped with three beautiful chandeliers. The kitchen had hot and cold running water and facilities to serve some 500 people in a couple of hours.
The hotel opened with an invitation-only ball on September 9, 1880. During its first few years, it housed some of Tombstone's most famous residents, including Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Gang when they came into town. Ike Clanton and the two McLaury brothers were registered guests the night before the famous OK Corral gunfight.
The Grand Hotel did not survive the devastating fire of May 25, 1882. Above ground, the only things that remained standing were her seven graceful arches and her floor joists on the main level. The rest of the building collapsed into the basement.
The most notable is the ghost of an old miner named Swamper, who for many years served as the hotel's janitor and handyman. Many believe that he hid silver in the building and wants to make sure it stays secure. Other stories of activity include silverware falling off tables and mannequins falling over on their own.
The Saloon has such a reputation of being haunted that Ghost Adventures featured the location.
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