Did Old West Saloons Have Refrigeration?

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Did Old West saloons have refrigeration?

Lynette Calavaza
Zuni, New Mexico

Refrigeration or evaporative cooling did not exist out West until well into the 20th century.

But before then, ice plants cropped up in desert towns, allowing settlers to drink a cold brew. Otherwise, imbibers had to drink at room temperature.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu.

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Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.