Travel back in time to the first and oldest bar in Southern Nevada in Goodsprings, Nevada, a 35-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. The Pioneer Saloon offers a rich history, allowing visitors to cross the threshold from the present to the past and embark on an adventure.
But The Pioneer is more than a historical landmark. It is an experience that can’t be duplicated in Las Vegas. Owned for the past decade by Noel Sheckells, it’s a labor of love for him and his entire family. His son Tom manages the Saloon, and his son Chuck manages the Café. This is a rich piece of Old West history as a living museum that the family is dedicated to preserving.
The Pioneer Saloon showcases musicians and live bands every week, including rock, country and blues. Open Jam is hosted by Tom Sheckells at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Krazy Karaoke starts at 5 p.m. on Fridays and continues into the night. Come down for entertainment on the weekends; barbecue pits and food are available.
For a date night or time with friends, The Dinner Show combines great food and personal service in the intimate Memorial Room. Menu items include steak & lobster, pecan-crusted trout, signature burgers and decadent desserts paired with wine, beer and cocktails. The Dinner Show is 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and reservations are recommended (702.290.8325).
Away from the city, the sky is so clear that The Pioneer Saloon presents Star Journey stargazing events including astronomy history, astronomical events, latest discoveries and scientific breakthroughs.
In August 2013, the haunted, 100-year-old Pioneer Saloon was featured on the television show “Ghost Adventures.” The team was locked down with their equipment in the saloon all night, uncovering compelling evidence of ghostly existence. The Haunted Lockdown is now offered for others who want a ghostly experience.
Rick Harrison of HISTORY’s “Pawn Stars” will lead the second annual “Pawn Stars Poker Run” on Oct. 4 in Las Vegas to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Nevada. Harrison, accompanied by his son Corey, will lead motorcycle riders starting at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop out to The Pioneer Saloon. The riders will return downtown at 2 p.m. for the Official After-Party. To register, visit epilepsy.com/Nevada.
Oct. 19, 2013 marked the 100-year anniversary celebration of The Pioneer Saloon hosted by the Sheckells’ family. A beautifully constructed and now permanent Centennial Wall showcases hundreds of names of friends and supporters. Donations are still being accepted for your name and/or business to be included on the Wall for years to come. There is still a chance to donate to the time capsule to be buried at the end of the year.
The bar with the original brass foot rail was installed in 1913. The interior and exterior walls are stamped tin purchased through a Sears and Roebuck catalogue, and the saloon may be the nation’s oldest stamped-metal building still standing. Bullet holes have been left in the wall from a card game gone bad in 1915. In 1942, actor Clark Gable sat at the bar waiting to hear any news about his wife, actress Carole Lombard, who was one of the passengers on the plane that crashed into Mt. Potosi. The Pioneer Saloon is a popular location for filming movies, commercials, television shows and video games as well as photo shoots and events.
From Las Vegas, drive south on Interstate 15 to Exit 12 (Jean), turn right and travel seven miles to Goodsprings. Accommodations are available at Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall on I-15. For more info, visit PioneerSaloon.info.