Historical Whiskey Distilleries in the 1800s American Wild Westhistorical 1800 distillery cattle town
Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:33 PM
When America began its movement into the vast West, the saloon was ever present. Though places like Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico already held a few Mexican cantinas, they were far and few between until the many saloons of the West began to sprout up wherever the pioneers established a settlement or where trails crossed.
"...towns sprouted in the 19th-century American West — outside Army forts, at river crossings along wagon trails, in mining districts and at railheads — some of the first structures built were recreational facilities. Recreation for the almost totally male population inevitably meant the triple-W vices of the frontier: whiskey-drinking, whoring and wagering"
I can only find one reference - Kessler's Distillery in Leadville, Colorado. Starting in the 1870s, Julius Kessler was selling whisky in western mining towns and construction camps, carrying his entire stock in trade on the back of a burro over rough mountain trails. It was said that he produced over a million gallons of whiskey during his life time. In the early days, Kessler went from saloon to saloon selling the whiskey.
So, they either shipped in the whiskey or they made it. That's what I'm trying to determine. If they made it, who were the distillers (and, there was a 25% excise tax at the time.
I hope someone out there can be of help.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:19 PM
Good luck and let me know what you find.
This might make a great presentation for an ADI talk.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:33 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:39 PM
If you want to find distilleries, look for grain.
Distilleries have always taken advantage of numerous sources of fermentable sugar other than grain, and made numerous products other than bourbon (gasp!)
Cane, agave, tubers, and fruit (to name a few) have also been utilized by distillers for ages.
You might look there as well.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:54 PM