Nevada November 29, 2016
Visit The Oldest Operating Business In Nevada For An Unforgettable Experience
This Wild West style saloon has never stopped operating since it first opened in 1905. Visiting the saloon is a fun foray into what life was like during the gold mining days when Goldfield was flush with residents and money.
The small town of Goldfield (population less than 300) was once a booming gold mining town in the early 1900s.
The Santa Fe Saloon and Motel opened in 1905, two years after the town was formed by several gold prospectors and investors.
The saloon has never stopped operating since the day it opened, making it one of the oldest continuously operating business in the state.
There was a great fire in 1923 that ravaged most of the town. The Santa Fe Saloon survived the fires because it had been built outside of the business district and closer to where the miners would be.
The saloon has many historical items decorating the walls and corners of the saloon. Many original mining claims are framed on the walls.
Another unusual historical item in the saloon is the bathtub of Jule "Julia" Bulette, a famous prostitute from the 1800's who was a much loved figure in the mining community.
A famous resident of the town of Goldfield was Wyatt Earp, who stayed in the town for a time while his brother Virgil served as a deputy sheriff. This statue of Wyatt sits in the saloon today.
The saloon prides itself on having "the World's Meanest Bartender."
The saloon primarily serves drinks although if you ask for food they have frozen pizzas. The saloon is open from 2 to 8:30 pm. There are also eight motel rooms if you need a place to stay the night.
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