Was segregation (or other forms of discrimination) commonly practiced in Old West saloons?

Was segregation (or other forms of discrimination) commonly practiced in Old West saloons?

Larry Dye

Fenton, Illinois

Segregation was a reality in most saloons. Exceptions existed, such as at saloons located on the Southwest border, where whites and Hispanics mixed. But for the most part, several accounts reported violence sparking when blacks tried to get served in “white” bars. By and large, each ethnic or racial group had its own watering hole.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

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