Is running a saloon historically significant to an area?

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in The Tree House by Kelly Kersey G2G6 (7.2k points)
The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston has a Wikipedia article. The Green Dragon has a number associations with the American Revolution.
Thank you, - Kelly

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I'm not sure of the difference between a saloon and a tavern, if there is any, but I think all those taverns with signs saying "George Washington slept here" are probably historically significant. I don't know about their owners or managers, though, plus maybe not all saloons are significant.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (759k points)
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Well, if it was the watering hole of say the Dalton Gang, mebbe so. Or if it was where deep plots to murder Pres. Lincoln were formulated, mebbe so. If it was where the concept of "Wall Street" was birthed and implemented, mebbe so. If it was a tavern on the ground floor, court house on the 2nd story and jail cells on the 3rd floor, and was also where the US Marshall bunked in when in town and along side the sheriff ... mebbe so.  

But the primary focus of any institution or locale is the PEOPLE associated with it, it is background to the PEOPLE, not foreground to them. Hanging Judge Roy, Ben Franklin, Ginty McCollum, James Dalton, the people are the focus, not the tavern or inn or bar or "watering hole" 

by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (151k points)
Lol Yes, I can see your perspective. I was curious. My great grandfather had moved to Maryland and co owned a saloon with his brothers in late 1800 early 1900. It was said to be very popular. I also was trying to figure a way to find a photo. Thank you, Kelly

Ah, well then look for a History of the town, and barring that of the county, city directories, newspapers of that era particularly advertisements for and fires and fights in or in front of the place, vanity "who's who" books (biographies), licenses issued to establishments selling alcoholic beverages, licenses issued to the brothers, city tax lists .... what you need is a Historical Society or Association in that town, and barring that, check with the chamber of commerce and the local city / county library and if the town has a college, check with that library and you need the names and DOB/DOD of all the brothers to help others pinpoint who they might be looking for ... 

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I know this is too early for your guy, but there is a society for the descendants of colonial era tavern keepers -- the Flagon and Trencher. 

by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (185k points)

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