WYOMING –A recent story in 24/7 Wall St.tracked down the oldest bar in every state. Before we thumbed ahead to Wyoming, we were flabbergasted to find a few watering holes that were actually older than the nation itself.
In fact, 14 bars on the list opened by 1789, the year George Washington took office as the first President of the United States. Five taverns were actually serving on or before 1776. Almost half of the bars on the list opened before the state they are located in joined the Union.
The oldest bar in America honors goes to the White Horse Tavern, which opened in 1673 in Newport, Rhode Island.
And Wyoming’s oldest bar? Let’s just say you have to try hard to get there. It’s not a place you just stumble into. Miner’s and Stockmen’s Steakhouse in Hartville, Wyo., earns the distinction as the Cowboy State’s oldest bar. It opened its doors in 1862—28 years before the territory became a state.
According to 24/7 Wall St., “Miner’s and Stockmen’s Steakhouse is the oldest bar in Wyoming, and Hartville is the oldest incorporated town in the state. Hartville’s days as a mining boomtown are long gone though. Today the town has a population of only a few dozen. However, Miner’s boasts that people travel from the neighboring states of Colorado and Nebraska to enjoy its steaks. It also boasts a menu with 35 different whiskeys.”
Hartville is just north of Guernsey, Wyo.