Wild West Saloons
A winged door saloon is a traditional interior element of saloons that existed in the Wild West and are now pleasing to the eye on the territory of western films. In English, they are called “batwing doors,” that is, “bat-wing-doors” that open in both directions. However, America is a very large country, in its northern regions the doors in cowboy taverns always tightly closed the doorway so that cold air did not penetrate it. Of course, the north is practical, but not too romantic and cinematic, so the southern version of the door structure, which helped to carry out ventilation in a hot room and allowed a passerby from the street to understand what fun flares up inside, was fixed in the minds of a simple layman. At the same time, wing-doors provided visitors with the opportunity to effectively enter a bar-saloon open for cowboys, hunters, rangers, gold prospectors, miners, travelers, card players, bandits and other American populations of two centuries ago.
Wild West Saloons
The appearance of the first bar-cafe-saloon dates back to 1822, when an institution for trappers appeared in the city of Brown Hall, Wyoming. So in the United States called hunters for fur animals. Although the trapper saloons quickly gained popularity, having turned from an ordinary tavern for tired hunters into a drinking and entertainment establishment for any client who had money in his pocket.
The popularity of the Wild West saloons can be estimated even by this fact: in the town of Livingston, Montana, by the year 1880, 33 such restaurants had formed, with a total urban population of three thousand. And this is a standard situation for America in the second half of the nineteenth century, where the saloon bar at the same time allowed you to drink, eat, play darts, bowling, billiards, dice or card games, as well as watch the dancing of young cheerful girls accompanied by musical parties on the piano.
After historical information, it’s time to move on to visualizing the image, for which below there is a wonderful collection of photographs of cowboys in the saloons of the wild west. The presented photos of real cowboys in bars of the 19th and early 20th centuries are about 100-150 years old and we should be glad that almost simultaneously with the advent of saloon bars, the art of photography was born to capture memorable scenes for the history of how a cowboy’s people rested from their workdays.