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Gambling & Saloons
Well, there just ain’t no talkin’ about the Old West, without mentioning the dozens, no hundreds – er, thousands of saloons of the American West. The very term "saloon” itself, conjures up a picture within our minds of an Old West icon, complete with a wooden false front, a wide boardwalk flanking the dusty street, a couple of hitchin’ posts, and the always present swinging doors brushing against the cowboy as he made his way to the long polished bar in search of a whiskey to wet his parched throat.

When America began its movement into the vast West, the saloon was right behind, or more likely, ever present. Though places like Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico already held a few Mexican cantinas, they were far and few between until the many saloons of the West began to sprout up wherever the pioneers established a settlement or where trails crossed.

A gentleman's game, 1898

A gentleman's game, 1898

A quarrel over cards

A quarrel over cards

African Americans shooting dice

African Americans shooting dice

Albany County, WY Saloon

Albany County, WY Saloon

Anaconda, MT - Montana Hotel Bar

Anaconda, MT - Montana Hotel Bar

Arizona Poker Party 1887

Arizona Poker Party 1887

Beer Wagon, Washington, D.C.

Beer Wagon, Washington, D.C.

Boys Shooting Craps

Boys Shooting Craps

Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio, TX, 1910

Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio, TX, 1910

Burns, OR - Poker at Egan Saloon, 1882

Burns, OR - Poker at Egan Saloon, 1882

Columbia, IL - Buck Tavern

Columbia, IL - Buck Tavern

Columbia, NV - Gambling at the Merchants Hotel - 2

Columbia, NV - Gambling at the Merchants Hotel - 2

Columbia, NV - Gambling at the Merchants Hotel,

Columbia, NV - Gambling at the Merchants Hotel,

Cowgirl

Cowgirl

Craps Game in California

Craps Game in California

Cyrus Noble Whiskey

Cyrus Noble Whiskey

Diana Card Table

Diana Card Table

Dogs & Champagne, 1878

Dogs & Champagne, 1878

Drinkers Progress 1874

Drinkers Progress 1874

Drinkers Progress 1874

Drinkers Progress 1874