Bodie's Main Street was a mile long and most of the 60 some-odd saloons were on that street. With so many to choose from, how did one decide? I suspect location was important - how close it was to your home. You surely didn't want to slog through any more snow in sub-zero weather than you absolutely had to for a shot of whisky. Maybe some were more low key with less likelihood of a gun fight breaking out (my choice). I'd think with all the competition, prices would be pretty much equal. Of course who had the prettier women I am sure had a big influence upon your decision making.
The sun really played havoc with me on this saloon and the windows were exceptionally dirty to boot.
Can you hear the piano player banging away on the keys with the clickiky-click sound of the roulette wheel as an accompaniment?
Not as big as you see in western movies. I remember seeing the famous Bird Cage Theatre Saloon in Tombstone Arizona and it was a very small place, not much bigger than this it seemed.
Not very much room to quickly draw your gun or duck flying lead.
I included this only because of the slot machine. One could sit and play just like today.
This saloon offered much better lighting for pictures.
Looks like it offered meals too. That would be an incentive over a saloon that did not.
I bet the chalkboard on the back wall was the menu for the day.
I just went to the original and zoomed in on it. It says Today's Special and underneath, the first word is almost rubbed out then, & onions.
I was thinking could the one stove put out enough heat to keep the place warm? Well with a few dozen warm bodies inside, probably so. Then I thought of those few dozen warm bodies, filthy dirty grungy miners that hadn't taken a bath in who knows how long?
Imagine the smell in these saloons!
Someone suggested I try a sepia tone image, so here is one.