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Goodsprings, Nevada

Pioneer Saloon

History of the Pioneer saloon, Goodsprings, Nevada

The Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada, is steeped in history and has become an iconic landmark in the American Southwest. Built in 1913, it is one of Nevada's oldest saloons and has maintained much of its original character. The saloon was constructed by George Fayle, who named it after the Pioneer Mining District. The building is made from stamped tin by Sears and Roebuck, a characteristic that makes it unique among historical buildings.

Goodsprings was a booming mining town in the early 20th century, and the Pioneer Saloon served as a central gathering place for miners. It was not just a place to drink; it also acted as a community hub where miners could catch up on news, socialize, and conduct business. The saloon has a rich history, with tales of card games, gunfights, and mining lore.

One of the most famous incidents associated with the Pioneer Saloon is the tragic plane crash of Carole Lombard, the wife of Clark Gable, in 1942. Lombard died in a plane crash on nearby Mount Potosi, and it's said that Gable waited at the saloon for three days for news of his wife’s fate. The saloon has memorabilia and newspaper clippings about the crash and the couple's story.

The saloon has been preserved over the years, maintaining its rustic and authentic feel. It still has the original wooden bar, a pot-belly stove, and bullet holes in the walls from a bygone era. These features make it not only a place to enjoy a drink but also a living museum of the Old West.

Today, the Pioneer Saloon remains a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a glimpse into the history of the Nevada desert, the mining industry, and American saloon culture. It continues to be a favorite spot for motorcycle riders, history buffs, and those looking to experience a piece of authentic Wild West history.

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