1880The Oriental Saloon was opened in 1880 by Milton Joyce with the gaming concessions run by Lou Rickenbaugh. The Epitaph News described it as "the most elegantly furnished saloon this side of the Golden Gate". Wyatt Earp bought a share of the gaming tables. The Oriental became one of Tombstone's most notorious saloons due to several shooting deaths on the front walk. It was also the scene of confrontations, one involving gunfire, between Milt Joyce and Doc Holliday and later with Virgil Earp. The Oriental burned in the 1881 fire with the conflagration spreading so quickly Joyce was unable to save anything. The building owners, Vizina and Cook, rebuilt quickly and the Oriental re-opened for business as usual. Once again, the Oriental was threatened in the 1882 fire, but the fireman made a stand there and by keeping a steady stream of water on the building were able to keep the damages minor. Joyce left Tombstone in 1884. When state prohibition came to Tombstone in 1914 the Oriental became a drug store and remained so for a number of years. Since then it has had many tenants and purposes but still stands in it original historic location.
|Placed By||Tombstone Restoration Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:18am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12R E 588509 N 3508933|
|Decimal Degrees||31.71236667, -110.06586667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 42.742', W 110° 3.952'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 42' 44.52" N, 110° 3' 57.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 520 E Allen St, Tombstone AZ 85638, US|
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