History of the Buckhorn Saloon in McA...

History of the Buckhorn Saloon in McArthur Ca

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Loretta Ertl

United States

#1 Dec 4, 2007
I am looking for the history of the Buckhorn Saloon. Any information would help. Thx
Nonnie

AOL

#2 Jan 11, 2008
my family owned the Buckhorn Saloon in McArthur Ca. In 1949, it was a small, Bar, and my Dad and Uncle added food to the menu, simple things like big hamburgers, and home cooked dinners. It was the place to unwind after work, and talk of the deer hunting, and fishing in the area, it was owned by Roy Blakley and Glenn Blakley.
In 1949 the ABC requested that out family to not allow Native americans to drink, alcohol, and I know my Dad found it hard to tell a customer no, due to racial reasons. We Moved Back to Napa Ca. and my father returned to being an operating engineer, and the place was sold to a Johnson Family. I was a child but I remember the hard winters there, and the Bell, family it was a good experience living there, and I think if I could I would go and work there, it was a nice place.
some guy

United States

#3 May 24, 2008
buckhorn
some guy

United States

#4 May 24, 2008
It's a place for drug addicts to hang out, lot's of crank addicts go there to sell their drugs. It used to be a nice place to have a beer after work but the tweekers have destroyed it.
Chick

Gustine, CA

#5 Jun 1, 2008
To some guy in Chester: It's the only bar in town. There is all demographics of people, loggers, tweakers, farmers, cowboys, mexicans, indians, blue collar workers. How can anyone discrimate against any of them and still stay in business?

Loretta Ertl,
The Buckhorn was opened by a man by the name of Rainwater in 1935. In the early 60's was owned by Jack and Heilda Marymee, who divorced, then Heilda married Skip Cook who then operated it. They sold to George & Ellen Greer in 1966, who then sold it to Gerald Pope in 1970.He sold to Wally Link,(Fred & Pam Chapman). They sold in 1988 to Mike & Terry, Jerry & Linda Chandler. Jerry bought out Mike in 1991. Jerry & Linda then sold to Fred Chapman & his young wife who you bought it from.
Chick

Gustine, CA

#6 Jun 1, 2008
The 1935 original owner's name was Stormy Rainwater.
Loretta

Garberville, CA

#7 Jul 2, 2008
Well Some Guy....Since I purchased the Buckhorn Saloon on January 30, 2008, there are no more drugs or tweekers allowed in the Buckhorn. It took a couple of months and a lot of patience to clean the place up, but it was worth it. There are cameras now to keep an eye on happenings and it is impossible to pass drugs through the bathroom windows now. The clientel is much nicer. The Buckhorn has become a nice place to play pool, visit with friends and enjoy a cold brew or beverage of your choice now. We also started serving lunches Monday through Friday. You should stop by and check it out.

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some guy wrote:
It's a place for drug addicts to hang out, lot's of crank addicts go there to sell their drugs. It used to be a nice place to have a beer after work but the tweekers have destroyed it.
Loretta

Garberville, CA

#8 Jul 2, 2008
Thank you for the information.
Chick wrote:
To some guy in Chester: It's the only bar in town. There is all demographics of people, loggers, tweakers, farmers, cowboys, mexicans, indians, blue collar workers. How can anyone discrimate against any of them and still stay in business?
Loretta Ertl,
The Buckhorn was opened by a man by the name of Rainwater in 1935. In the early 60's was owned by Jack and Heilda Marymee, who divorced, then Heilda married Skip Cook who then operated it. They sold to George & Ellen Greer in 1966, who then sold it to Gerald Pope in 1970.He sold to Wally Link,(Fred & Pam Chapman). They sold in 1988 to Mike & Terry, Jerry & Linda Chandler. Jerry bought out Mike in 1991. Jerry & Linda then sold to Fred Chapman & his young wife who you bought it from.
native

United States

#9 Aug 24, 2008
Yes, everywhere used to be a nice place to live and enjoy. The Buckhorn was a great place to visit with the horseshoe designed bar, you could visit with friends across the orther side of the room. Dance, have a drink and play cards all night and have the crumie pick you up in the morning and go out in the woods as a logger and work all day. Yes, they could enjoy having a good time with friends and family. We used to live in town and would always go to the Buckhorn before going to the Inter-Mountain Fair,coming up this next Labor Day Weekend, 90th year having the fair, it was the place to meet up with old friends.
If drugs have been coming into the Buckhorn who is the fault of that? There isn't any work, or college,you have to move out of town for college not much future for the young people that have growen up in that society. Drugs have changed our hole society, and we all look the other way because of the all mighty dollar.The forest service has stopped the logging in that area, wood mills have closed, effecting the hole community. Tourisum is the echo friendly why to make a living now. Yes, the town of Mc Arthur is a beautiful place to live, but bring bags of cash with you because there are not to many jobs, only seasonal. There is good and bad in every town we have to know evail and the good will win hands down. See you at the fair, bring cash, the 4-H and FFA kids need money for their projects that are sold at the fair Monday morning, Labor Day!
jose a maw cartor

United States

#10 Mar 4, 2009
yaw man you fix it good heared you flipped out and shoot ed the place up good beach!!! good drugs eh?
Hey Loretta

United States

#11 Mar 8, 2009
Last time I was in the Buckhorn was a few years before you bought it. Seems my memory tells me there was a bartender named Loretta then, I guess that was you?
You lived a few blocks away?

Timber
Nancy

AOL

#12 May 17, 2009
The Buckhorn was a great place to go to in the 80's when Pam and Freddie owned it. Loretta was great too. I love their BBQ's. They made it lots of fun in a place that didn't have much to do!
chester goode

Santa Clara, CA

#13 Apr 9, 2014
Sometime in the '80s, I was in Fall River to pick up my kids from Grandma and Grandpas house and take them back to Santa Clara County for school.
My brother in law was up there doing the same thing..

Any way, Saturday night we go to Buckhorn for a couple of beers. Place was super friendly so we end up playing pool and drinking more and more.

Eventually, some little twerp arrives with a couple of girls. The whole mood changes, just like in a western movie.

Obvious to a city boy, this punk is the local dealer, wanna be gangster guy.

He puts his quarter up on the pool table and moves in to play the next game.

Now, my brother in law, is easy going, but he is pretty dang drunk, and he is a viet nam vet, and it was his turn to play.

Can't remember exactly what happened, but I do remember him good naturally wrestling the guy to the ground.

Like I said, we were pretty drunk and neither of us can recollect the entire night..

Anyhow, the next morning I realize I left my jacket at Buckhorn. I swing by on the way out of town and as luck would have it, it is open on Sunday.

I run in real quick to see if my jacket is in there. There are several guys talking at the bar. They turn around as I enter and one guy points at me and says;"That's one of them right there!"

I didn't stay to see if that was a good ,or bad thing, but nobody chased me out of town, so I guess it was good.
TedC

United States

#14 May 16, 2014
I drove past McArthur last weekend while on a motorcycle ride from the Bay Area to Oregon. I only heard of about the Buckhorn later, when I was researching the town of McArthur (once owned by the "Genius Grant" family?) I just called and they're still open, with the same owner as in 2008. I hope they still are when I go by there again; that's thirsty country. The regulars (or even the owner) might consider posting a review to one of the on-line sites (several have an entry for the Buckhorn, but none has a review.
Paula armour

Chicago, IL

#15 Mar 8, 2017
Nonnie wrote:
my family owned the Buckhorn Saloon in McArthur Ca. In 1949, it was a small, Bar, and my Dad and Uncle added food to the menu, simple things like big hamburgers, and home cooked dinners. It was the place to unwind after work, and talk of the deer hunting, and fishing in the area, it was owned by Roy Blakley and Glenn Blakley.
In 1949 the ABC requested that out family to not allow Native americans to drink, alcohol, and I know my Dad found it hard to tell a customer no, due to racial reasons. We Moved Back to Napa Ca. and my father returned to being an operating engineer, and the place was sold to a Johnson Family. I was a child but I remember the hard winters there, and the Bell, family it was a good experience living there, and I think if I could I would go and work there, it was a nice place.
. Ed Bell is my grandfather I'm sure nyerested n any kind of stories or a piece of history you could offer me.

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