Dining February 27, 2018
The Oldest Bar In Idaho Has A Fascinating History
Authentic western saloons are hard to come across nowadays. Our historic state was once full of them, but these types of bars have been diminishing over the years. Luckily, the oldest saloon in Idaho’s history still remains and it seems to be doing pretty well for itself. If you’re a history enthusiast, you should definitely stop for a meal and a drink at the oldest bar in Idaho. It’s bound to be an experience you won’t ever forget.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
The White Horse Saloon, Grill, and Hotel has been in business since 1907, making it the longest running saloon in all of Idaho. Located in the historic town of Spirit Lake, it's even believed that the saloon is older than the town itself.
Although some things about the saloon have changed since its early days, both the hardwood floors and the bar are original. It's easy to imagine this place crowded with rugged-looking characters, as it likely often was during the early 20th century.
The saloon wears many hats, doubling as a hotel and a restaurant. Eight hotel rooms take up the upper levels of the building. This place has acted as a one-stop-shop for visitors for the past century.
Fittingly enough, the White Horse is also considered one of the most haunted places in the state. Over the years, guests have reported seeing physical manifestations of supernatural spirits. The most popular sighting is one that the locals refer to as "Big Girl" and is most commonly spotted in the hotel rooms.
People have also witnessed objects moving without explanation, mysterious footsteps, slamming doors, disembodied voices, and more. It only makes sense that the oldest bar in Idaho would also be one of the best places to encounter the paranormal.
The White Horse Saloon is a fascinating gem that has withstood the test of time. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a ghost hunter, or just a proud Idaho citizen, you'll definitely enjoy a visit to our state's oldest bar!
You'll find The White Horse Saloon located in downtown Spirit Lake at 6248 W. Main St.
Have you visited Idaho’s oldest bar? Our state is actually full of unique Western restaurants like this one. Check out these
9 Restaurants In Idaho Straight Out Of The Wild, Wild West for even more historic establishments like the White Horse Saloon.