Tombstone, AZ is home to one of the most haunted eateries in the state, Big Nose Kate's Saloon. Come Explore with Haunted Journeys.
The Big Nose Kate’s saloon of today first got its start as the Grand Hotel in September 1880. Declared as one of the finest hotels in the state, the hotel was luxuriously furnished and had 16 bedrooms, each with a “view”. They were fitted with solid walnut furnishings, toilet stands, fine fixtures, and wallpaper. The lobby was equipped with three elegant chandeliers and more luxurious furnishings, while the kitchen boasted hot and cold running water and facilities to serve some 500 people in the span of a couple of hours.
The hotel opened with an invitation-only ball on September 9, 1880. During its first few years, the hotel often housed some of Tombstpme's most famous residents including Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Gang when they came into town. In fact, 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 famous Grand Hotel hosted some well-known characters in the 1800s. So famous, are they, that Ghost Adventures actually featured them in one of their investigations on the Travel Channel! Iconic figures such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday are known to have stayed here.
Big Nose Kate's Saloon stands today in place of the hotel but has a few spirits lingering from days past. 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 spirit related accounts include silverware falling off tables and mannequins falling over on their own.
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