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Featured in Artistic Libation; June 17, 2010
Location: Iron County Historical Museum; Hurley Wisconsin
Beer bottles and decanteurs grace ornately carved mirror-back bar in the Business exhibit. The Museum is located in the historic Iron County Courthouse, built in 1893 as the town hall for the Town of Vaughn. The Iron County Historical Society saved this building from the wrecking ball.
In 1900, there were 50 saloons in Hurley. By Prohibition there were more than 200 saloons and taverns, disguised as soda shops during Prohibition, most on Hurley’s 5 block Silver Street. Some buildings boasted 3 such establishments- a bar in the basement, a tavern on the ground floor and a saloon on the second floor. These watering holes were patronized mostly by ruly lumberjacks and miners who came into town looking for a good time of booze and women.