History

Café Margarita, formerly the Russ house was opened in December of 1880 by Sal Anderson and Jacob Smith. It was adobe with a large veranda with a view of the mine.

It was also a lodging house with spring mattresses, a reading room and one of the largest dining rooms in Tombstone. The Russ House is most closely associated with Nellie Cashman “The Angel of Tombstone”; she operated it with Joseph Pascholy when he purchased it in 1881. The first large dinner was served on October 2, 1881 featuring an extensive menu. Nellie served 50-cent meals and was well known for setting a sumptuous table, advertising that “there are no cockroaches in my kitchen and the flour is clean.”

To learn more about Nellie Cashman Read: Western Women: Cashman saw opportunity in mining towns