The road in was a long dusty 5 miles. Slow going crawling into the mountains. Steve mentioned it was much better than last year!
Jim following Harry up the rough and dusty road (from Jim's blog)
Here is an excerpt from the Desert Bar's website:
The "Nellie E Saloon" (DESERT BAR)
is situated in the Buckskin Mountains,
in Parker, Arizona, on land that was
an old mining camp. The camp was
located on the portion of land that is
now the parking lot. When Ken
acquired the land in 1975, there was
nothing left of the old mining camp.
With the land and a liquor license from
an old business on leased river land,
Ken decided to give the "bar in the
desert" idea a try. In 1983, Ken
opened for business in the temporary
three-sided structure which is across
from the outdoor restroom's. He
operated there for the next five years,
until the current saloon was
constructed. The name "Nellie E"
originates from the old mining claim.
They used to mine copper and then
take it to the smelter and get gold.
Here is a picture of the original bar:
The new bar:
(Picture from their website)
The bar opens at noon and we got there about 11:45 a.m. and were able to take our pick of tables. Once the band started by 12:15 there was a steady stream of people coming in. What a great way to spend a few hours listening to great music and drinking our $3 beers. They have several food stations upstairs and downstairs where the band was playing ... not inexpensive but hey, they have to haul all the stuff down that bumpy dusty road every week. Food was good though.