Saloon tokens & Jargon
ddr11 at UVIC.CA
Sat Jun 16 06:36:52 UTC 2007
A little-known part of Northwest history: tokens that were good for a free
drink (etc.) at saloons.
Researching U.E. Fries' mention of an Okanogan-country "Tumwater Saloon"
that was a hangout of tough guys, I've found documentation of a saloon
token from Tumwater, Washington.
The same website lists a "Ticki Saloon", Tonopah, Nevada...I guess not
Jargon. It'd be a nice name if it were.
There's also a Pilchuck Saloon, Woodland, WA.
I'm not sure yet the time period when these tokens were issued; many of
them are in denominations of 12.5 and 6.25 cents, i.e. a "bit" and a "half
bit". (U.E. Fries' book, by the way, notes 1880s usage in Washington
state: a "short bit" was a dime, 10 cents.)
saloon tokens were common from the 1880s onward.
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