Saloon
Poker

Poker

In so many Wild West movies and stories you see and hear about cowboys playing poker or cards. This raises some questions. What was the most common...

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Beer

Beer

The water in many areas of the West was so bad it was said the local beer was healthier and safer than the local drinking water. The shelf life of...

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Love Overcomes All

Love Overcomes All

Rowdy Joe Lowe ended up with a woman hurt in his gunfight. Competing saloon owners Red Beard and Rowdy Joe Lowe (photo) took their enmity to a new...

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Taming the Rowdy

Taming the Rowdy

Gunman Joe Lowe had an ignominious end. Rowdy Joe Lowe came by his nickname honestly, by being a hellraiser, a gunfighter and a saloon owner in...

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Saloon Etiquette

Saloon Etiquette

The men of the West These private men of the West were also accustomed to inquiring of another man’s first name only. With their varied and often...

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Saloons

Saloons

A saloon might also be known as a "watering trough, bughouse, shebang, cantina, grogshop, and gin mill.” The first saloon was established at Brown's...

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