Christopher Keyburn  (Kit Burns), saloon keeper, rat pit runner

Christopher Keyburn  (Kit Burns) (1831 – 1870) was an American sportsman, saloon keeper and underworld figure in New York City during the mid-to late 19th century, he and Tommy Hadden being the last-known leaders of the Dead Rabbits during the 1850s and 60s. He founded Sportsmen’s Hall, also known as the Band Box, which served as a popular Bowery sporting resort, dance hall and meeting place for the gangs of the area. The hall ran for almost 2 decades and was closed down by the ASPCA due to the horrific dog and rat fights organized in the pit of the… Read More

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