History Revealed at the Bella Union Station
"The Largest and Most Elegantly Furnished Dining Hall in the City"
"Careful and Prompt Attention to Guests"
"Special Provision Made for Private dining Parties"
Although written 124 years ago for an establishment just a few yards from where the Bella Union Station now stands, the promises of fine 1880 hospitality rings true today. The Bella Union on 4th and Fremont for the second year was the gathering place for Friends of Tombstone to listen and discuss events in the history. A special thanks to owner Ruben Saurez for generously opening his doors to us once again. Still under renovation, we look forward to the day that the Bella Union Station becomes one of the paramount attractions to Tombstone.
Link to the Bella Union Station webpage
|Almost like walking into 1880 Tombstone. One would almost expect to find Mayor Clum having a heated but gentlemanly argument with Mike Gray while sipping on O.K. Cutter and smoking a cigar. All major troubles left out on Fremont while relaxing amid an air of Eastern gentility.|
|Three Nights of historical presentations started with a facinating view into the 1880's Apache fight for freedom through the photographic lens of C.S. Fly. Noted AZHS historian, Jay Van Orden brought to life the determination of Geronimo and his people, the dogedness General Crook, and the daring of Camillus Sydney Fly to capture it all with his camera.|
|Night two began with researcher and author, Troy Kelly, who presented a detailed account of the Bisbee Massacre. Touting his new book, "I Don't Propose to Walk Into Anybody's Graveyard" The Story of the Bisbee Massacre, Kelly held the audience spellbound recounting the cold-blooded murder in Bisbee, the trial in Tombstone which failed to satisfy the venegeful Bisbee towns-folk, and resulting in the only lynching in Tombstone history. In attendance, was Tombstone resident, Pat Kelly (no relation to author), whose kinfolk, Daniel Kelly, was one who took part in the murders and was subsequently legally executed. Both agreed that Dan Kelly, a young man at the time, was just mixed in with the wrong people at the wrong time.|
|The night ended with McLaury researcher Paul Johnson speaking about Will McLaury's influence on the Earp-Holliday Murder Inquest. With a book in the process, Paul introduced previously unknown letters pertaining to the trial detailing the trial accounts and the arrival of another McLaury family member from Iowa. Paul's forth-coming book promises to reveal much about the McLaury's and their part in Tombstone history and legend.|
|On the final night at the Bella Union Station, author and researcher Cindy Reidhead held an interactive presentation on the old west opiate, laudanum. Cindy also championed an intriguing argument that Wyatt Earp's deserted wife, Mattie Blaylock, may have been murdered rather than popular version of laudanum overdose.|
|As the final night at Rueben's drew to a close, Tom Bryant held an open discussion. Included was the resounding success of the second presentation of the FoT-Mclaury Scholarship. Congratulations to 2004 recipient, Vina Marcelina Martinez. And a big hand was given for scholarship founder and McLaury kinfolk John "Grubber" Culligan. Final discussions ranged from future hikes to how to attract more researchers/authors to give presentations.
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