Several spirits came along for the ride…
Human emotions of feeling secure, loving a place, and inner desires have kept spirits here.
The two story Tombstone Bordello Bed and Breakfast makes its home in a restored 1881 Victorian home, that once was the place of one of Big Nose Kate’s bordellos in its former life during the last part of the 19th century and perhaps into the 20th century. There are 2 new wings of rooms built in 2000, on either side of the original 1881 Victorian house.
While it is not an upscale fancy bed and breakfast like you would find in more refined American cities, it is a large Victorian house with a homey atmosphere and lots of antiques with a peaceful aura. It has the usual common rooms like the dining room, parlor, and library area, with nine guest rooms located on the second floor. All spaces have some lovely antiques.
There are no cheap furniture pieces that some modern places have for their guests. All nine guest rooms are “tastefully decorated with Victorian-era” decor and beautiful antique queen beds. All have private bathrooms, and a few have a balcony. The air conditioning works well.
The inn has a flexibility to meet the sleeping needs of guests.The bed and breakfast does have a large premiere room with a “huge California King” for people who are more comfortable in the large, king size bed. For parties of 3 or 4, aimed at families, three of their guest rooms are large enough for an additional twin-size roll-a-way bed. This must boost their occupancy, especially during the times of high tourist traffic.
The friendly owners are also the innkeepers and make their guests feel at home. The guests get a run-down on the history of this house, and enjoy a wonderful breakfast in the morning. If the weather is warm, they may enjoy the swimming pool or hot tub and the beautiful yard as well.
Tombstone’s Red Light District was mostly located on East Allen Street and East Fremont St.,though most saloons all over Tombstone had a crib or two for sensual activities. For many men, this recreational activity was very important indeed. Of course, respectable people stayed away from these places. The Red Light District was basically aimed at the lower class of lonely men: miners and cowboys.
In 1880, Tombstone was jumping with miners, single men of all stations of life who yearned for company of a woman who was willing to give sexual relief services for a price. There were a boatload of places with cribs for the ladies to perform sexual favors for men seeking relief in Tombstone. Most of the saloons had their own contributions for this service, though the atmosphere wasn’t very nice, just a space with a crib.
Big Nosed Kate herself started out as a prostitute while a young woman out of necessity, but was able to evolve into a Madame and ran several sexual pleasure houses called Bordellos all over Tombstone, as well as owning her own saloon. She aimed this Bordello on those folks with money in their pockets; miners who struck it rich, and perhaps even those in the upper class.
These bordellos offered prime amenities like privacy with no crowding of cribs into a large space with just a curtains separating the individual cribs. These bordellos were described by one source as being a place that “provided a friendly environment, where those who could afford amenities were well catered to.”
This bordello that existed in this lovely home was located on N. 6th Street; a couple of blocks north of Fremont Street in the Red Light District. It was not actually on grungy East Allen St., or East Fremont St. Big Nose Kate had this bordello built from scratch, and was solid and beautiful enough to evolve into a private home of families, even years afterward.
In its lovely Victorian atmosphere, this bordello offered a parlor, a place to gamble, and a private place on a real bed to have sexual desires fulfilled. Big Nose Kate treated very well the women who worked for her. Each prostitute had her own room, making her feel that she had a home. After the prostitute was chosen by one of the customers, they went upstairs to the lady’s private room. Customers of this bordello were willing to splurge their money on these amenities offered.
Because it was located several blocks away from the down town area, it escaped the devastating fires that burned down the town and killed the people inside. It was open for business as long as there were lonely men to support this upscale house of prostitution; even after Big Nose Kate left Tombstone. She left to follow her beloved Doc Holliday to Colorado, perhaps hoping to be reconciled with him before he died of TB.
In 1923, the Cochise County Seat was moved to Bisbee. Tombstone City Council decided to do some redevelopment, and bought some of the land in the Red Light District, in order to build a needed high school. The owner of this Victorian home at the time didn’t want to see it destroyed, so he ponied up the money to have it moved clear across town to West Allen Street. Despite having a naughty history, a new history of being a forever family home to several families began. In 2000, the house was prepared to once again become a commercial enterprise.
“In 2000, two wings were added to the original structure to create a 9-room bed and breakfast. The new additions were built on each side and a new roof was added over the entire complex, including the original 1881 house, which still stands intact in the center of the building — porch, balcony, roof and all.” Living guests apparently are not the only ones who love the house. Spirits call the place home as well.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
When a structure is moved to another location, the spirits who are connected to the structure can come along for the ride.
At least one spirit from the other location still makes his presence known in bold ways.
Several other spirits of prostitutes may be here as well.
Spirit of a miner: Why is he here? for a few reasons.
When a person dies near a structure, his or her spirit can move right into this structure.
A miner was shot in the yard because of a disagreement possibly about the result of a card game or over one of the women inside.
A spirit who has lost his/her life in this world because of the behavior they were engaging in, may try to continue in this behavior when in spirit form as well.
This miner while alive may have been a very good customer who loved to have sex with all the women; even a woman who had other interested parties. the deadly fight could’ve been over a woman here.
Prostitution was a risky way to make a living. though selling sex was supposed to be just an unemotional commodity, love and attraction to the women could cause jealousy which led to death for one of the woman’s admirers and herself by the jealous client or boyfriend she has on the side.
Some of the spirits of women who worked in this bordello may have been killed here or went to work for another brothel and were killed there.
Sometimes the prostitute would fall for a client who promises to marry her and then changes his mind. The unhappy woman would then kill herself. Marriage was the only way a prostitute could leave this scorned on profession. Some of the Earp brothers had married former prostitutes and Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate were in love.
Some women who worked here might of killed themselves.
When a structure is remodeled or changed, spirits that were attached to the structure can become more active, because they love the changes, or because they hate them.
Members of the families who lived here and any of the attached spirits may have decided to reside or visit to keep an eye on matters.
Attached to the house, they have appeared in front of the living in the hallways or rooms where they lived perhaps for chuckles or just being friendly with guests.
All very welcoming spirits.
They like to move items around their old rooms, trying to help organize items, or to just let the living know that they are there.
They make themselves known to the living by making noises as well.
Spirit of the Miner
A former enthusiastic patron of the bordello who is perhaps too friendly.
Occasionally, he will rub the necks of women, stroke their hair and makes other surprising advances but never hurts anyone; just startles them.
Yes Indeed! The amount of personal experiences reported by the living strongly suggests that spirits are residing here too. There have been boatloads of personal experiences in this house for years, especially during the years of this Tombstone Bordello Bed and Breakfast. No paranormal hard evidence has been shared with the public.
107 West Allen St.,
Tombstone Bordello Bed and Breakfast is located on the corner of W. Allen St. and Haskell St., on the west side suburb of historic downtown Tombstone, just a 10 to 20 minute walk to downtown Tombstone.
Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr