Old West Saloons

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  1. Nancy Hart

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    The Holy Moses Saloon in Creede, Colorado. A very interesting old mining town.

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    I wonder why they felt the need for the elaborate facade?

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    Fake second floors were pretty common, I guess. I can remember seeing some of them in older buildings, even in the UP of Michigan and Wisconsin.
     
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    Wasn't the second floor in saloons usually were the "women" worked?

    Maybe a fake second floor was to draw the men in thinking there was something more than there really was.
     
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    Teacup Sallie's Prostitution License
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    My, my. Those look just like my tea cups. BTW, that sounds like a pretty steep fee for a three month period. Booming economy, I'm guessing.
     
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    I think it would be kick to see all those cowboys in Baseball Caps instead of cowboy hats.....

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    Wow on the price and wow on her "tray"....

    Wonder how much she made?
     
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    Love this topic #1 here
     
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    I notice a lot of them had spittoons on the floor. This is not the Old West, but a good example.

    Ripon, Wisconsin, 1894

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    There are outer doors beyond the swinging doors in the picture above, but I don't remember any outside doors in the saloons in the movies. Must have been cold in the winter. Ha!

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    Spittoons.........YUCK!
     
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    Meeker, Colorado - 1899

    I've never noticed bar towels hanging on the patron's side of the bar before.


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    Tombstone, Arizona - 1885

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    @Nancy Hart
    1894 in Wisconsin: If dated correctly, note there is an electric lightbulb visible at top. When my Dad and his family moved to Wisconsin from Chicago, he was 10, 1911, they gaped at the electric lights in Necedah (WI); Chicago had not yet yielded to electric lighting in 1911. Lighting was by coal-gas, derived from the production of Coke from Coal, and the "system" did not want to change easily. Necedah had abundant electric power generated by a river, I would presume the Wisconsin River........
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    The date could be wrong, but may be pretty close:

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    A bit of beer/gas light trivia.

    The square hole in these old pre-prohibition beer bottle openers was used to turn on/off the gas jets on old light fixtures.

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    BEHLING BROS. POOL ROOM, CONCORD, MICHIGAN, ESTIMATED 1890-1910
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    "Bars in the Old West sometimes offered music and dancing but almost never had stages for entertainers to perform on. Dance halls were very similar, only with more floor space for the dancing, and often occupied tents."

    The Varieties dance hall in Dodge City, Kansas

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    Squirrel Tooth Alice

    "...A famous dance hall girl in Dodge City during the cow town years, in a formal portrait probably used for advertising purposes. She had a gap between her two front teeth and liked to keep prairie dogs as pets — thus her moniker. The Alice I can’t explain — her real name was Mary Elizabeth Thompson."

    I think she's pretty.

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    When Squirrel Tooth Alice wasn't available the fellas had to make do.

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    Faro game, saloon in Morenci, Arizona Territory, 1895

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    Mood music? (courtesy of Mrs. Mills) :D

     
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    "In September, 1899, Wyatt Earp and partner Charles E. Hoxie built the Dexter Saloon in Nome, Alaska, the city's first two-story wooden building and its largest and most luxurious saloon. ...The Dexter drew anyone famous who visited Nome. Wyatt rubbed elbows with future novelist Rex Beach, writer Jack London, and playwright Wilson Mizner. ... Both the Dexter and the Northern Saloon competed for business with more than 60 other saloons in town serving an estimated 20,000 residents.

    Wyatt Earp billed his Dexter Saloon as, "The only second class saloon in Alaska.""


    Photo taken in 1901, about a year after Wyatt left Nome.

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    I sure like looking at all these
    thank you
     
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    Interior of the Toll Gate Saloon in 1897 Black Hawk, Colorado.
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    Great photo even captured the horses...!

    I'm wondering if the young fella with the basket is selling food to the folks in the saloon. I have seen similar pictures of kids that sold food at train stations.
     
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