Friday, January 9, 2015

Pioneer Saloon Goodsprings

January 2015 - Goodsprings NV

We had some time to kill before checking into our condo last Friday so we drove to Goodsprings with the Pioneer Saloon in mind.
We had planned to take our friends with us but they begged off with head colds.

We drove through and there are remnants of the mining town it once was.

This photo was taken at the end of our visit, when we arrived there were many cars parked in front.

This link will take you to the Pioneer Saloon website with a video of the history.
The site also states: The Pioneer Saloon built in 1913, by prominent business man George Fayle, will charm and envelope you with its intriguing past. As you cross the threshold from the present to the past, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip you will quickly come to appreciate this historical landmark. And we definitely did!
What was meant to be a quick visit turned into an afternoon outing.

It was lunch time and we thought maybe we would eat here. We dropped into the Saloon but it was packed and also smoking is allowed, not for us.

We poked around and took some photos.

When we were at the Clark County Museum we learned about the plane crash that killed Carole Lombard, Clark Gable's wife. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. The plane crashed into Mt. Potosi. This photo is from the museum.

Clark Gable had sat in the Pioneer Saloon for three days waiting for his wife's body to be released.

The Saloon has been featured in many movies and TV shows.
And a record cover!

Travis Tritt Album "My Honky Tonk History", with it's cover photo shot at Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada

At this point we decided we would go somewhere else for lunch. John went to the bathroom and I said I would check out the General Store.
I was so excited to see that it also had a bar and food but was non-smoking!!! The bartender urged us to sit and have a beer, they have many beers on tap. 

John ordered the ghost burger. 

And it was good!

As we are waiting we are watching the monitors and it dawns on us that the bartender is the owner, Noel Sheckells. He is wonderful, full of energy and a love of his saloon. He regaled us with background details on the various TV shows that has featured the saloon.

This cash register is a beauty as it greets you when you enter.

Noel showed me where the bathroom was in the main Saloon and on the way pointed out the bullet holes.
On July 3rd 1915, at the Pioneer Saloon during a poker game, a man named Paul Coski was caught cheating and during a scuffle between him and another man named Joe Armstrong, Mr. Coski was shot several times and killed.

I wandered around outside.

All in all a fun way to spend an afternoon!!

On the way out of town back to the highway.


  1. Boy, the place has real character! The bullet holes were a bit unexpected, but understandable, and I do like the saloon and the general store.

  2. Looks like a great way to spend a day! I've never been to the Las Vegas area but have been wanting to go. My husband isn't as enthusiastic about the idea as I am. Maybe your photos will change his mind.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  3. Wow, nothing says The Old West like those small Nevada that saloon!

  4. What an interesting visit. Carole Lombard looks so beautiful, and I find the leg lamp rather disturbing. Like your new header photo too.

  5. What a place! Any establishment with a leg lamp has to be a classy place!

  6. What neat stuff. A good sporing beats a bad spring any day and how about that bingo sign and leg lamp. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  7. Fun! I love places like this Jackie! Looks like a great place to spend an entire day! So sad about Clark Gable sitting at the bar waiting for Carole Lombard's body to be released. I think they were very much in love. So many sad stories in life, and often you come across them in such places, as well as rowdy rough-and-tumble ones! Loved all the photos and all the info!

  8. What interesting spots you get to. The ghost burger does look good. And I really like the scenery shot at the end, a great road to be driving down.

  9. Yum, that burger looks delicious! You've made me hungry :) What an awesome day to have had

  10. That Pioneer Saloon looks like a happenin' place! Great post. Loved the videos, too. I knew Carole Lombard had died in a plane crash, but no idea it was there. Sad. Great post!

  11. oh what a neat sad about clark gable sitting there waiting for his wife's body...your hamburger looks so yummy!

  12. So many interesting things! Did the ghost burger have ghost chilies on it? I love the actors and actresses from Clark Gable's era. So beautiful and handsome.


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