American West •  History and Photography

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Hoist a Cold One!: Historic Bars of the Southwest


Melody Groves
Photographs by Myke Groves

Throwing a few drinks back at the bar is a timeless tale of humanity. In the American Old West, this tale played out in ramshackle huts and stylish establishments alike in some of the most unforgiving terrain imaginable. While the legendary Crystal Palace in Tombstone, Arizona, had little in common with the tent cities that sprang up in Leadville, Colorado, and Silver City, New Mexico, one common feature was the bars-constructed of planks of mahogany, cherrywood, or rosewood. These bars were often hauled across hundreds of miles of rugged terrain to arrive in various cities, where they would support the elbows, chins, and drinks of those who sought to quench their thirst.


From the Grand Hotel in Bisbee to Rosa's Cantina in El Paso, Myke and Melody Groves tell the story of the front and back bars of twenty-five establishments in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado through a combination of historic background and photographs. This lively travelogue, complete with driving directions, will inspire visitors to the West's old mining camps, railroad towns, and ranching centers to stop in and belly up to the bar.

Winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Myke Groves, freelance filmmaker and avid motorcyclist, has had his photos featured in regional publications such as New Mexico Magazine and True West.

ACCLAIM

" Hoist a Cold One is a must for anyone with a love for the Old West tavern aesthetic."

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Midwest Book Review




10 x 8 in. 132 pages 251 color plates, 1 maps