History corner: Grand County saloon life

Penny Rafferty Hamilton
Grand County Historical Association
A glimpse into the saloon scene in Grand County in the early 1900s.
Marte family/Courtesy photo

Saloons were very popular gathering places in every Grand County town in the early 1900s.

Granby had Charles Lake’s Mint Saloon, Hot Sulphur Springs had the fancy Antlers offering Anheuser-Busch beer on draft. The current town of Winter Park was known as “Little Chicago” because of its popularity as a gambling and saloon hot spot frequented by rail workers.

On Friday, Sept. 22, from 4-6 p.m. at the historic Cozens Ranch Museum and the Grand County Historical Association is hosting a free wine and cheese event (for adults only) with local history book author, Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D. Register with Samantha Missey at to attend this complimentary, fun event.

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