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This old saloon captured my imagination more than anything else in Bodie. As with most gold rush towns, this one was a male dominated place, at least initially. Most such manual laborers were known to enjoy a drink or two and saloons were the social centers in that respect. Unfortunately, they could be violent places. I guess if you put a bunch of frustrated guys in one room and sprinkle with alcohol, it is a recipe for disaster. Bar fights were common and shootings not unheard of. As much as I love to imagine having a locally made beer in this atmospheric old place, I guess I might not like my drinking partners and should let them remain the stuff of spaghetti westerns.
Dress Code: Mining gear, boots, and none of it too clean.
Written Sep 28, 2009
In its heydays Bodie had 65 saloons. It must have been quite a wild town!
Take a close look at the picture see all the details. There is a thick layer of dust on everything. But take a look at the pool table, aren't those legs amazing! In the far end of the room there is a beautiful stove.
Updated Mar 5, 2005
Since the park is cloesd in the evening, nightlife exists only for ghosts. This photo provides a glimpse into the nightlife that once existed in Bodie when the town had 65 saloons offering many opportunities for relaxing and relieving a miner of his pay. The Rev. F.M Warrington described Bodie as a "sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion."
Miners could choose from Wagner's Courner, the Parole Saloon, the Rifle Club, the Cabinet, the Champion, Mark's Saloon, and the Sawdust, which sold products from the towns three breweries. The best restaurant was the Maison Doree which served quail in aspic.
Written Jul 22, 2004
As the sun sets, the park closes. So for us visitors, no nightlife exists. But for the rangers and the ghosts, after dark they can do what they please...
Updated Oct 7, 2007