Exploring California's Oldest Bar: Historical Significance
It is fascinating to discover Pacific Northwest bars and pubs with historical significance. One such place claims to be the oldest bar in California (there is a dispute about that, which I will get to in a minute). It's located in the city of Groveland, right before you get to Yosemite National Park. It was built in 1852 and used for people during the Gold Rush olden days. Wow, it’s 171 years old! It’s not listed on the National Historic Places list, but it is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
THE IRON DOOR SALOON, OLDEST BAR IN CALIFORNIA
On the way to Yosemite National Park on California Highway 120, a road sign greets you, “Groveland, Population 3,139, Elevation 2,846.”
The building's murals include scenes of a horse-drawn carriage, an indigenous warrior, and a couple of California brown bears. The old-timey window signs in the windows depicting the building’s history as a boarding house, notary, a place for groceries, household stuff, and clothes.
Besides the vast selection of beers on tap, customers love the “famous garlic soup." There's money hanging from the ceiling (ask your server why), and travelers enjoy playing pool and staring at the elk heads and old pioneer day artifacts hanging on the wall.
DISPUTES ABOUT WHO HAS THE “OLDEST BAR IN CALIFORNIA”
The other oldest bar in California is Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas. It started operating as a bar much earlier than the Iron Door (1851), but it closed down for a while and reopened in the 70s.
The next time you’re out near Yosemite National Park, maybe you’ll want to stop in for a visit to the Iron Door.
The Iron Door Saloon: 18761 Main Street, Groveland Now offering online ordering. Closed every Wednesday. Opens at 8 a.m. every other day.
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