Long Branch Saloon
During 1870's Dodge City began to acquire its infamous stamp of lawlessness and gun slinging. Without local or military law enforcement, buffalo hunters, railroad workers, drifters and soldiers scrapped and fought, leading to the shootings where men died with their boots on.
It was during this time that the famous Long Branch Saloon was built, and even that was an Old West tale, in and of itself. It all began when a bunch of men were playing ball on the hot dry Kansas plains. Side wagers began as the cowboys played against the soldiers. Sonn a much bigger wager was made that if the soldiers lost, they would provide the building materials to construct a saloon. Lucky for all, the soldiers lost the game and the building materials promptly showed up. Before long, the Long Branch Saloon was born.
The saloon was purchased by Chalkley Beeson and William Harris in 1878 and through their efforts it soon became the most popular and refined place for the cattlemen of Dodge City.
The Long Branch Saloon was one of 16 rowdy saloons during Dodge City's Heyday. Soon, however, lawmen, such as Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill and others helped to tame the town.
At The Old West Festival, The Long Branch Saloon is home to our very own Miss Annie and her Saloon Show, complete with Cancan Dancers straight from Paris! You can also see Professor Faris’ Magic Show and of course get a nice cool refreshment (or warm refreshment if you prefer). But be careful when you head out of the Long Branch to Front Street, gun fights tend to break out!
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We are a Juried Show. We highly encourage products to represent those available in the late 1800’s American West. We expect all items sold to our patrons to be traditional or original in design, functionally appropriate, durable, well made, and guaranteed by their maker to be satisfactory to the customer. We are accepting artisan and vendor period applications for the current season. Please contact us with all your craft questions.
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