The First ‘Saloon’ Was In Wyoming
Like other watering holes of its era, they likely made their own whiskey using a variety of ingredients including tobacco, ammonia, turpentine, and gun powder. The homemade whiskey was commonly referred to as "firewater", a term that fur trappers had adopted from trading with local Native American tribes.
Many of the original old west saloons also brewed beer, which was served at room temperature until refrigeration came along in the 1880s.
In addition to a gathering place, the saloons also served as gambling parlors where trappers would wager their earnings in games of poker and faro. Although there is no official record, Brown's may have also been a brothel.
Historians aren't sure how long Brown's Saloon was in business. They do know that the area later became a hangout for Butch Cassidy and his legendary "Wild Bunch".
The oldest Wyoming saloon still in operation is the legendary Miners and Stockmen's in the town of Hartville, which was established in 1862.
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