Old West Saloons

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  1. Tex Dennis

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    I used to hunt a lot in the Clayton NM area and we would always go to eat at the Elklund. 1 night per trip, an old western hotel/saloon still operating not much has been changed even all the bullet holes are still in the ceiling, the walls have original period pictures on them the last trip there they were restoring to period the hotel rooms and going to rent them out again, that area has several sites such as this. Also a store named "What you forgot" and exactly has that, most all out door things.
     
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    Nancy,

    You forgot the most important room in the hotel!

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    “…(we) drove back to Texas through the northern tip of New Mexico and stopped for the night at Clayton, a short distance from the Texas state line. We walked…to a nineteenth-century hotel named the Eklund and had dinner in a dining room paneled with hand-carved mahogany.

    "The hotel was three stories, built of quarried stone, anchored in the hardpan like a fortress against the wind, …On the wall of the small lobby was a framed photograph of the outlaw Black Jack Ketchum being fitted with a noose on a freshly carpentered scaffold. Another photograph showed him after the trapdoor had collapsed under his feet.

    "Most of the patrons entering or leaving the dining room were local people and took no notice of the photographic display…(we) walked outside under a turquoise sky…I looked back over my shoulder at the stone rigidity of the hotel and its scrolled-iron colonnade…and I wondered if cattle and railroad barons had hosted champagne dinners in the hotel dining room, or if cowboys off the Goodnight-Loving Trail had knocked back busthead whiskey in the saloon and shot holes in the ceiling with their six shooters…But I think it was all of the above, truly the West.” ~James Lee Burke, BITTERROOT
     
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    Yes that was it exactly
    BJack hanging was on the right side of the court house on the grass spot there if I remember. I saw all that and got a TREE of oinion rings and steak every time, when you pay in cash they give change in $2 dollar bills a trademark they said. I probably went 4-5 times to eat there. Not the cheapest though.
     
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    "In January 1906, a famous confrontation between Sheriff William Thompson and Marshall Jesse Stansel occurred on Main Avenue at the old El Moro Saloon in Durango, Colorado. The two lawmen got into an argument over enforcement of gambling laws in Durango in front of the saloon. It is unclear who drew first, but by the end of the day, only Stansel was alive. ... Stansel stood trial but was acquitted."... Source

    Interior of the El Moro saloon, 1906.

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    I'll bet those fellas on the roof remembered that until the day they died.

    A dilapidated saloon building in Wetmore, Custer County, Colorado (1891)
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    @Nancy Hart
    He shot the SHERIFF Durango's 'strangest shootout'

    "Sheriff William Thompson and Acting Marshal Jesse Stansel started a gunfight on the morning of Jan. 9, 1906. Stansel shot four times, and Thompson died of his wounds. Thompson shot once, and the fighters smacked one another with their guns before they fell over".

    "Both men had spent the morning in several local taverns: An eyewitness said Thompson was drinking and Stansel wasn't".

    "Stansel said in testimony at his trial that he had never had trouble with Thompson before that day, but the two men were from opposite political parties, and two years before the shooting, Thompson had beaten Stansel in the election for the sheriff's job".

    "Stansel said, according to The Durango Democrat of April 6, 1906, "There was no ill feeling between Thompson and me. I did say ... in Claussen's place that I would not stand for anyone telling me to my face that I had taken bribe money without resenting it, as I had never taken bribe money from anyone."

    "Stansel was acquitted of the murder and The Durango Democrat was all for him":

    "God hates a coward and man loves a fighter who fights as brave as Jesse Stansel fought, brave-unflinching, face-to-face for his life, fought to a finish with a courage that few equal and none surpass," the paper read.
     
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    I believe this is in Paradise, Nevada, 1906

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    This is a drawing of Kemler's Store in Paradise, and it looks similar. No date.
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    Interesting. I believe that building has just been remodeled several times. Or else they shared the same building plans in Paradise.
     
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    Here's a picture showing Selz Shoes were a popular brand.

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    White Eagle Saloon and Hotel - Portland, Oregon shows how far we've come along with restaurants. We don't have saloon's anymore we have fast food ...
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    This one's a bit off topic, but I'm sure there's a saloon nearby somewhere.

    An outdoor hotel on Calamity Ave., Perry, Oklahoma Territory, 1893. :confused: "The hotel consists of several beds in open air, and tents in the background. Thousands of homesteaders passed through Perry during the settling of the Oklahoma Territory."

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    Oklahoma saloon.
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    Moses Weinberger Parlayed Bananas into Saloon Fame
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    "In 1889 a Kansas grocer headed for the newly opened Oklahoma Territory to seek his fortune. It came to him initially through the sale of bananas to homesteaders and later when he started the first legal saloon in the Territory. His name was Moses (Mose) Weinberger and today he is counted by some among “Oklahoma State Greats.”
     
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    Love these pictures!!!!!!!!!!! Notice the dress/clothes of the day.
     
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    Daniel Thorne’s Cabinet Saloon, Prescott Arizona, late 1890's.

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    After a fire in July, 1900.
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    Interior of rebuilt saloon.

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    great one there
     
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    Robert Ford's tent saloon in Creede, Colorado, 1892

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    "Robert Newton Ford (1862 – 1892) was an American outlaw best known for killing his gang leader Jesse James in April 1882, to collect a reward and a promised amnesty for past crimes. For about a year, Ford and his older brother Charles performed paid re-enactments of the killing at publicity events. Later he drifted around the West, operating saloons and dance halls."

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    Ford was shot to death at the age of 30 in Creede, by Edward O'Kelley, who attacked him in Ford's temporary tent saloon.
     
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    Pierre, South Dakota, 1890's. Note white stuffed goose overhead

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