As a mainstay of the American west, the Saloon was the center of most cultural, political, and social interaction of the western town. Prior to prohibitiona dnthe actionsof the Anti Saloon League the Colorado saloon was the epicenter of the male life in the west. The saloon was used for elections, meeting houses, and even union organization during the colrado coal wars.



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Men pose at a Faro table in Montezuma, Summit County, Colorado. The interior saloon scene includes slot machines, spittoons, a sign over the cash register: "The Senate T. J. Looney," a burro, a dog, and kerosene lamps.


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Interior of saloon, Cripple Creek, Colorado; men with hats and overcoats stand near bar and two bartenders (Tom and Jerry sign on backbar) stand behind bar, scene includes bare lightbulbs extending from ceiling, bottles of alcohol and liquor displayed behind bar, ornate cash register, boxes of cigars in glass display cabinets, foot rest pole, and spittoons.



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Lathe turned pillars front the bar of a saloon in Breckenridge, Colorado. Framed pictures and advertisements, a clock, glasses, bottles, a cash register and the barkeep are in back. Pine garlands hang from electric ceiling lamps overhead.


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Exterior view of Rio Grande Saloon on Xenia Street, Cripple Creek, Colorado; one-story wood frame commercial building with horizontal and vertical planks and a double-wide corner entry with two-sash transom, plain parapet; man with three boys (one Black) pose in front of building on boardwalk, one boy holds an umbrella; advertisements painted on windows of building include: "Lunches," "Put-up "Traveler's," "Our Fritz", "Rio- Grande Saloon," "Fritz Thome-Mgr.," "Union Br'g.Co's," "Muenchner & Imperial Beer" (which includes large logo with bald eagle carrying United States flag in its claw) and two "Union Lager Beer" signs opposite each side of doorway.