Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gambling Saloon

Welcome to Gambler's Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures of people engaging in games of chance. We start with this fine example from Telluride, Colorado. The picture shows an establishment with both a bar and gaming tables. The picture was taken around 1910.


  1. Lots of interesting detail in this photo: from the ladies' pictures on the wall, to the sheriff poised at the bar, to the poor guy polishing the foot rail and spittoons.
    -Anne K.

  2. I love to play games, but if money is involved I want nothing to do with it.

  3. You can bet (no pun intended) that there is money on the table moving among the participants. Mix that action with some whiskey and you have a setup for a shooting. Not every day but often enough to keep the law at the end of the bar.

    A very good picture once again.

  4. What beautiful woodwork in this establishment. Some places in my area w/this form of architecture still survive.
    Sadly, nowadays restaurants/bars are so generic in their architecture. Everything looks bland and identical.

  5. Cripple Creek, Colorado, where I spent some of the 70's still had saloons that looked like this. Sadly, when casino gambling started, all the old charm was replaced by new construction.

    1. I know what you mean about Cripple Creek. I was there in the summer of 1947 when there were 50 to 60 people in town. walked for miles sticking my nose in every thing. Some of the old buildings were a sight to see and all interesting. Went back in the 80s and it had been destroyed. Never went back. Victor was still much the same but now not so much.

  6. Wonder if the fella at the end of the bar opposite "the law" is tasked with polishing the brass rail and spittoons.

  7. The sheriff at the right side of the photo - look closely at his face. It appears to have been retouched. Reminds me of the HBO Boardwalk series character Richard Harrow


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