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San Miguel in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Elkhorn Saloon

Established 1853

 
 
Elkhorn Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 30, 2012
1. Elkhorn Saloon Marker
Inscription. On land expropriated from San Miguel Mission, at the site of an adobe frequented by Frank and Jesse James, the first saloon in San Luis Obispo County opened its doors here on December 5, 1853. In its heyday, the Elkhorn Saloon often earned over $1000 a day serving 10 drinks to the insatiable soldiers of Camp Roberts. E Clampus Vitus celebrates 150 years of continuous patronage by friars, liars, drinkers and thinkers.
 
Erected 2003 by De La Guerra Chapter 1.5, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 45.05′ N, 120° 41.783′ W. Marker is in San Miguel, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Mission Street south of 13th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1263 Mission Street, San Miguel CA 93451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Site Of San Miguel School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lt. Col. John C. Fremont (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Fields (approx. 0.4
Elkhorn Saloon image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 30, 2012
2. Elkhorn Saloon
miles away); Cross of El Camino Real (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission San Miguel Arcangel (approx. half a mile away); Fr. Fidelis Wieland, O.F.M (approx. 0.6 miles away); San Miguel Cemetery District (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel.
 
More about this marker. The marker is set in the sidewalk just to the right of the front door.
 
Regarding Elkhorn Saloon. The Elkhorn is supposedly the second-oldest saloon in California.

The references to Frank and Jesse James are dubious at best. While their presence in the area is known (their uncle Drury James owned the La Panza Ranch and helped found the city of Paso Robles) and mythologized, Frank and Jesse would have been about 11 and 6 years old, respectively, in 1853 when the Elkhorn was founded.
 
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Elkhorn Saloon image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 30, 2012
3. Elkhorn Saloon
Marker can be seen in the sidewalk to the right of the door.
Pioneer Memorial Opposite the Elkhorn Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2013
4. Pioneer Memorial Opposite the Elkhorn Saloon
This monument and trees
Dedicated to
The Pioneers
Of San Miguel Area
By
San Miguel Lions Club
Trees planted January 30, 1977
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.   4. submitted on April 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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