May 18, 2017

“Meet Us At The Wort”: Inside The Silver Dollar Bar

Inside the historic Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Silver Dollar Bar boasts 67 years of outlaw history and 2,032 uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollars from the Denver mint inlaid into its famous, serpentine bar. First opened in 1950, the Silver Dollar Bar was a hotspot for drinking, socializing, and even gambling (illegal but tolerated by Wyoming authorities until the 1960s, when the Wort was forced to shut their operation down) among everyone from local cowboys to prominent politicians across the U.S.

Silver Dollar Bar inside the Wort Hotel.

photo by: The Wort Hotel

Silver Dollar Bar inside the Wort Hotel.

photo by: The Wort Hotel

After a fire severely damaged the hotel in 1980, Jackson Hole’s community pulled together to restore the Wort in just one year. The bar, damaged but not destroyed, was famously carried to a nearby bank vault by local high school students while the hotel underwent a complete restoration. The bar returned to its home and has been left untouched since 1981, and Jackson Hole commemorates the reopening of the hotel every June with the outdoor Old West Days dance celebration.

When you head to the Silver Dollar Bar today, you might notice its twin, the Silver Dollar Showroom, right next door. Everything from its collection of Ray McCarty paintings to the 1,392 uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollars inlaid into its curved bar mirrors the Silver Dollar Bar. The showroom presents all manner of live music to guests looking for an unforgettable evening of dancing, refreshing drinks, and authentic Wyoming fun. As they say in Jackson Hole, “Meet us at the Wort.”

Silver Dollar Bar inside the Wort Hotel.

photo by: The Wort Hotel

Location: 50 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY 83001

Hours: Monday—Sunday, 7:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. (live music starts daily at 7:30 p.m.)

You’re having: Start out with a Wyoming mule, made with locally distilled Wyoming Whiskey. If you’re visiting on a Monday, imbibe a tasty $6 margarita. To eat, enjoy a cup of Wort Hotel's Famous Corn Chowder and a classic Jackson Hole Buffalo Co. Burger.

Best Yelp review: “If you are in Jackson Hole, you have to eat here—the food is some of the best in town, and the live bluegrass and country western bands put on a great show! The locals all wear their cowboy and cowgirl hats and clothes and dance all night.”

Carson Bear is an Editorial Assistant at the National Trust. She’s passionate about combining popular culture with historic places, and loves her 200-year-old childhood farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

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