Red Buffalo Trading Company

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A place where spirits are fascinated with electricity and enjoy playing with the lights!

 

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“Tombstone: The Town too tough to die.”

Tom and I visited Tombstone recently on our road trip during the summer of 2019. Wow! It was a real blast from the Past! Visitors park in lots just outside of town and walk to Tombstone. No cars are allowed in the historic downtown areas; just horse drawn carriages and stagecoaches.

In the heart of downtown, every structure seen on E Allen Street or the property where it stands has a long historical past that reaches way back to the days of Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Doc Holiday and other well-known western characters. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Districts Landmark.

The historic buildings along Allen Street and other streets in the historic downtown have all been restored and renovated nicely without taking away from their original character. While the streets are paved, the walkways in front of the stores are wooden planks , with trees and dirt in an area by the side of the paved road.

The original restored and renovated Hatch Billiards structure, still has its sign proudly displayed up by the roof front, and is now a beautiful, permanent yet historic structure, between two other trading company stores, sharing a wall with each of them.

The Red Buffalo Trading Company now occupies this historic structure .It has its own sign, a big red buffalo, hanging perpendicular to the front door. It has a very patriotic storefront, with antique American Flags hanging in the upper windows about the large bay windows that show off what they have to offer. It’s specialties for sale are western antiques, Native American Art and Crafts, and leather goods as well.

The Red Buffalo Trading Company also has nice upscale, unique western gifts, that can only be found in Tombstone. One such unique gift I wish I had bought was a cool photo picture in the front left window, that has the caption: “Justice is Coming” and below the caption is a back shot of the Earp brothers(Virgil, Morgan and Wyatt) and Doc Holiday walking down the street.

 

HISTORY

By 1880, Tombstone was jumping with people; good citizens, business people, the upper class and the lower classes, and the outlaws and criminals as well. But all kinds of people enjoyed a drink and a chance to play pool or billiards. So two gentlemen,Bob Hatch and John Campbell opened their first saloon with billiard tables in the back, calling it Campbell & Hatch Saloon and Billiards. there was also a stage for entertainment to draw people inside. Bob Hatch opened up other saloons in town as well. Sometime along the way, Campbell sold his interest in this business to Hatch and Campbell’s name was taken off the sign.

Bob Hatch was a brave businessman who also served his town for years by being elected to the city council. He was an amateur actor as well. He was quite a character, very likable fellow on the right side of the law. He kept a jar of frogs on the counter as their croaking helped him predict the weather. They were sort of his pets.

The Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor became the favorite place for the Earp brothers to hang out for a drink and a game of pool. Bob Hatch became friends with them and stood by them in times of danger and in the court room as well. He followed them to the OK Corral where Virgil hoped to disarm Henry Clanton, and the McCleary brothers.

The Shootout at the OK Corral was just one deadly skirmish in a long-standing Feud between the forces of the law, personified by Wyatt and his brothers, and the dishonest ranchers and the outlaw cowboys who resented the law from interfering with their lucrative dishonest ways. While three of the threatening bad ones were killed in the OK Corral, Ike Clanton the unarmed brother of Henry who ran away pressed charges against the Earps, for his family and for the relations of the men killed and former outlaw associates. When the Earp’s posse were backed up by the court, the Feud continued between the Earps and the criminals and bullies. Daily, the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday received threatening letters to either leave town or be killed.

After the final battles in this long-running feud, Wyatt Earp was victorious and the people of Tombstone rejoiced and peace reigned.

In 1886, Bob Hatch must of been inspired by the actions of Wyatt Earp, because he ran for sheriff but didn’t win.The Hatch’s Saloon and Billiards was probably burned down in the 1886 fire. That whole street was rebuilt again by determined townspeople, who didn’t know how to give up.

In 1914, all the saloons in Arizona were shut, so the word “Saloon” was taken off the sign. What kept Tombstone eeking out a living was that the Pima County seat was still in Tombstone. Perhaps the stage inside Hatch’s former saloon was used more to generate more income. Being a wanna-be thespian, perhaps he had short plays. In 1929, when the county seat was moved, most of the businesses in the downtown area may have closed up shop for a short while, until all the hype about the Gunfight at the OK Corral exploded and Tombstone became famous, and the model for most of the westerns produced in movies, written about in books and finally tv programs, like Gunsmoke.

Tombstone was saved by the early tourist trade in the 1930s that just grew as the years past. Money became available to once more rebuild the businesses in Tombstone. In 1946, there was enough left of Hatch’s former Saloon and Billiard Parlor to be a good candidate for a restoration and renovation project to evolve it once again into a home for a business. After 1961, the people of Tombstone were able to get loans through the NHDL to restore the historical structures, being careful to stay within the guidelines. Creative minds came up with activities to enhance their history, to have for sale items and books, tours, and rides. Spirits with attachments to this special place were drawn back, or spirits who remained here became active as well.

 

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS

When people dress in costumes, portraying an era, and offer activities experienced in this era they are portraying, it may inspire spirits to become more active as they feel comfortable. Spirits from Boot Hill may be visiting the historic district of Tombstone. When a structure is restored and renovated into a commercial business once more, the original owner may be drawn back wanting to be involved once more.

Spirits of a former owner may be here as well – Perhaps Bob Hatch, keeping the other spirits here company and trying to help the present business now occupying his old saloon and Billiard Hall. When people are killed suddenly at the hands of another, their spirits can become stuck; not ready to go to the sprit world, and/or not ready to accept their death. Sometimes they stay in the area where they were killed, or they move to their favorite structure while alive.

Morgan Earp died here suddenly via assassination. On Saturday evening, March 18, 1882: An attack happened that further heated up the feud between Earp and his forces and the outlaw ranchers and cowboys. After enjoying Tombstone’s Scheifflin Hall performance of Stolen Kisses, a play by William Horace Lingard and Company.

Morgan and Tipton headed for Hatch’s Saloon and Billiard Parlor. Morgan and Bob Hatch, the owner of this joint began a game of pool; with Wyatt, Tipton, and McMaster watching. The pool table was located in the back of the saloon, near the back door.

At 10:50 pm, an assassin fired two shots through the window of the back door. “One bullet passed through Morgan, shattered his spine, and then lodged in the thigh of George A. B. Berry, who died a few weeks later. Another bullet struck the wall over Wyatt’s head. Wyatt, McMaster and Tipton pulled Morgan out of the line of fire while Hatch dashed outside looking for the shooters.”

Morgan’s wounds were looked at by town doctors and his wounds were declared fatal. If it had happened today, he would’ve wound up in intensive care with a good shot of surviving. He was laid on the lounge, and died there, surrounded by his bothers and their wives. His wife Louisa was in California for safety’s sake. Sometimes the spirits of loved ones of the spirit who is stuck here in this world will come and visit them, or actually stay to keep them company.

The spirit of Morgan has some spectral company: male and female. When the living have no closure and had issues in their mourning process concerning the passing of their loved one, may want to visit their spirit when they themselves are spirits, and sometimes spend their afterlife together.

Morgan’s common-law wife, Louisa, was sent to the safety of California. She didn’t see Morgan again alive. She may have had mourned him and perhaps worried if he was ok as a spirit. While she married another, she may have kept a place in her heart for Morgan.

 

MANIFESTATIONS

General signs of the presence of spirits: Spirits are fascinated with electricity and like to play with the lights. The living have heard disembodied footsteps.

Spirit of Morgan

His apparition has been seen at night after closing working as a spectral security guard, doing his part to keep the store safe. His main spot he likes the best is in the back where he was shot.

Unknown people who come into the store when it is closed, can be met by an aggressive spirit, probably Morgan Earp trying to scare them out of the store. Strangers need to enter with the owner when the store is closed.

Theory: Spirit of Morgan’s common-law wife, Louisa. A female spirit is seen walking into this structure, and it is theorized that she was Morgan’s common-law wife.

 

Spirit of Former Owner

Perhaps original owner Bob Hatch or businessman George A. B. Berry.

The spirit of probably Bob Hatch or George A. B. Berry tries to help out the workers. A staff member didn’t quite finish stocking the items for sale in the display shelves. So he went home and came first thing in the morning, slipping inside before anyone else arrived.

Imagine his surprise to see that someone tried to up by putting the items on the shelves. The items were not put on the right shelves, and it took this staff member some effort to find them and shelve them correctly.

Unknown Spirits

These three spirits may be keeping company. On the former stage, a female apparition and two male apparitions have been seen there together.

STILL HAUNTED?

Most Probably so! The spirit of Morgan Earp is making himself useful for the owners, and gets visits from his Louisa who checks up on him. Either Bob Hatch or George A. B. Berry is also there, stepping up to the plate to try to help the living wherever they can. Boatloads of people have seen these spirits and staff have experienced the helpful handiwork of Bob Hatch or the protective services of Morgan. No hard evidence has been shared on-line.

 

LOCATION

The Red Buffalo Trading Company
412 East Allen St.,
Tombstone, AZ
(520) 457-2323

The historic town of Tombstone is out in the middle of the desert, about 190 miles from Phoenix and sits on the plateau above most of the silver mines.

Buffalo Trading Company is located in a row of stores in old frontier structures on E. Allen between 5th and 4th Street, and between Fremont and E Toughnut Street, in the heart of historic Tombstone. It shares a wall with The golden Eagle Brewery Building, and was across the street from the theater and bowling Alley.

SOURCES INCLUDE

  • redbuffalotradingcompany.com
  • www.hauntedplaces.org
  • www.hmdb.org
  • jamesallder.wordpress.com

 
Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr

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