These Old Photos Of Wild West Saloons Capture The American Frontier In All Its Gritty Glory

Fade in… A Clint Eastwood-type character bursts through the entrance of an imposing saloon. With six-shooters on his hips and menace in his grin, we know things are about to get wild. Sure, we’ve all seen the movies, but did American frontier barrelhouses actually have two-way doors? And what did cowboys really get up to after a long day in the fields? Well, saddle up, partner, because these 40 photographs are about to reveal the rootin’-tootin’ reality of the Old West’s many watering holes.