Built to attract the "finer” elements of Tombstone
, the Crystal Palace Saloon provided shining crystal tableware, elegant décor, the finest wines and spirits, and as many as five bartenders standing on duty to quickly serve their patrons around the clock. From the start, owner Wehrfritz also insisted on strictly honest games of chance. Though it was just one of 110 establishments licensed to sell liquor in the booming city, the new establishment soon attracted the most prominent businessmen. Open 24 hours a day, the Crystal Palace attracted everyone from the doctors, to lawyers to mining officials, as well as other hangers-on wishing to "rub” elbows with the prominent, but would brook no "funny business” within its walls, protecting itself from the many bullet holes found in other "lesser” establishments in the community.