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Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, Tombstone Arizona – Where The Beer Is Always Cold

By Wowsers Web Design

The Big Nose Kate’s Saloon Building opened in 1880, as a high class establishment, called The Grand Hotel. A classy place where the weary rested their heads, enjoyed fine dining, and a good brew in the basement bar. Local people, cowboys, miners, out of town travelers all enjoyed having a nice hotel in town.

During its first few years, the hotel often housed some of Tombstone’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.

Alas, the Grand Hotel’s luxurious life would be a short one as she did not survive the devastating fire of May 25, 1882. Above ground, the only thing 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.

A business-oriented, prosperous ex-prostitute, known by the name of Big Nose Kate (Mary Katharine Harony), owned The Grand Hotel. Originally from Texas, Kate saved Doc Holiday’s life by busting him out of jail in Texas. Doc Holiday was eternally grateful to Kate, and they had a long lasting relationship, living together in Tombstone, though they never got married.

The saloon holds the Grand Hotel’s original long bar, the only one of which survived the fire of 1882 and is still available for thirsty patrons. The only other long bar that survived the two infernos is in the Bird Cage Theatre, now a museum. Imagine setting your elbows down on the very place that once did the Earps, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons.

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