Saloon tokens & Jargon/Store too!
s.tylermd at COMCAST.NET
Sat Jun 16 17:20:36 UTC 2007
In Renton, Wa there was the store called
Tum-a-Lum Lumber located about a mile from
'Ayak Acres' horse stables in May Valley.
The Tum-a-Lum Lumber sign had the aforementioned words arranged in a
semi-circle above and Indian head in a feathered head dress---Like a red
Dick Tracy profile. Graphically it was pretty nice looking.
Don't know what Tum-a-Lum means but looks like the
'heart and rum lumber' store. Probably the remnant of a local merchandise
store. It has since been replaced by 'Bunny's Video Store'.
Of course Renton High School sports team is called the 'Indians'. Par for
the course as there are 25 (maybe 28)tribes in Western Washington.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Robertson" <ddr11 at UVIC.CA>
To: <CHINOOK at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 10:36 PM
Subject: Saloon tokens & Jargon
>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.)
> http://www.pdxcoinclub.org/gallery/SaloonTokens/SaloonTokens.html says
> saloon tokens were common from the 1880s onward.
> --Dave R
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