The Last Chance Saloon Historical

The Last Chance Saloon Historical (HM1TII)

Location: Caldwell, KS 67022 Sumner County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 1.933', W 97° 36.425'

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The first building erected at Caldwell was, appropriately enough, a saloon. Constructed of thick logs in 1869 by Curley Marshall, it was located about a mile southeast of this marker on the north bank of Bluff Creek. It was open for business in time to serve the great cattle drives which moved from Texas to Abilene over the then new Chisholm Trail.

A sign on the building greeted Texas drovers just as they crossed into Kansas, proclaiming it was the "First Chance Saloon", and as they rode back toward the Lone Star state, the sign stated it was the "Last Chance Saloon", as a reminder of the prohibition of liquor in Indian Territory.

In 1874 a posse from Caldwell, while in pursuit of outlaws, thought badmen had holed up in the Last Chance and burned the saloon to drive them out. Though their suspicions proved to be unfounded, the building had been destroyed. The business was operated for a time from a secondary building at the same location, but soon fell into disuse as there was too much competition from the innumerable new saloons being established within the City of Caldwell.
Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe Caldwell Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 623887 N 4099353
Decimal Degrees37.03221667, -97.60708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.933', W 97° 36.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 55.98" N, 97° 36' 25.5" W
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Area Code(s)620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30 S Main St, Caldwell KS 67022, US
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