Carbonado in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Historical Carbonado Saloon
During the peak mining years, Carbonado sported three taverns. But all the while, miners still brewed moonshine in the dense forests surrounding the town. Even though it was illegal to possess your own liquor or beer, the company knew they'd have a war on its hands if they prohibited it. Otherwise, if the miners and their families followed the Company’s rules, they were left alone.
Carbonado’s mines petered out during the Great Depression, while the coal company called it quits in 1937. The homes were sold off, and the Canteen continued to operate thru private hands. In the
The “Canteen,” later known as the “Tavern” and now the “Carbonado Saloon,” has been quenching the thirst of locals and visitors alike for more than 130 years. A town that once boasted one of the biggest mining operations on the Pacific Coast, is now one of the smallest incorporated towns in the State of Washington.
Erected 2012 by Doc Maynard Chapter No. 54-40, E Clampus Vitus -.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 47° 4.615′ N, 122° 3.342′ W. Marker is in Carbonado, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on Pershing Avenue west of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The plaque is located on the front of The Carbonado Saloon building, just to the left of the front entrance door. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Pershing Avenue, Carbonado WA 98323, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as Wilkeson Eagles Building 100th Anniversary (approx. 2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Mining Remnants of Carbonado, Washington. Prospecting began in the Carbon River region in the 1870s by Frances Bisson, a fellow from Wales, followed by a mining expert, Robert Wingate, who immigrated to America from Scotland in 1864. In 1879 he prospected the Carbon River for the Carbon Hill Coal Company. (Submitted on May 1, 2012.)
2. Video of Tennessee Ernie Ford Singing “Sixteen Tons”. “I owe my soul to the company store.” (Submitted on August 10, 2012.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2012, by Dan McCormick of Gig Harbor, Washington. This page has been viewed 1,532 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2012, by Dan McCormick of Gig Harbor, Washington. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.