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Gold Pan Restaurant and Saloon

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1879. 103–105 N. Main St.

Originally one story with a false front, the oldest tavern in town now occupies two antique two-story structures that seem to lean on each other. The buildings are both clapboard and show similar window and cornice treatment. An earlier occupant, the respectable Palace Restaurant, featured a large aquarium filled with trout in a front window, often broken during recent decades by rowdy regulars of the Gold Pan Saloon. The restaurant, with its rumpled asphalt “brick” siding on the north side exterior, is connected by an open passageway to the raw barroom side, where ore car track serves as the bar footrail. A gold pan made into a clock adorns a classic Brunswick mahogany back bar with Ionic columns framing the large, diamond dust mirror.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Gold Pan Restaurant and Saloon", [Breckenridge, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 460-460.

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