Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First and Last Chance Saloon



This saloon opened its doors on June 1, 1883 and was built using wood from an old whaling ship. It was a local hangout for Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joaquin Miller. What a hoot it must've been back then having such celebrities as regular customers.

This place is now registered as an historical site. Notice how new buildings are being built around it.

- Karen

6 comments:

Juha Ylitalo said...

When I saw the first image, I was wondering, if this has been taken in some sort of holiday destination, that would have been build in Wild West theme.
The fact that it turned out to be saloon that has been made out of old whaling ship and its located into middle of modern city makes it quite bit more fascinating.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Juha, Thanks for your comment. It is still a working bar, but it wasn't open when I was there. The interior is tiny with a sloped floor and bars of different heights. Through the window, it looks like the interior hasn't changed in 100 years.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i think it would be fun to see the inside of this place, lot of history for sure and what stories it could tell if could talk.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Lilli, I think once you go inside the saloon, you will be transformed into another era - almost like time travel.

RuneE said...

Interesting story and history, but enlarging the picture indicates that it is not only "The first and last chance", but open and closed at the same time!

Neva said...

No credit cards????that is taking the historical trail way to seriously!!!haha