National Register of Historic Places in Carson City

National Register #80004483: Bank Saloon in Carson City, Nevada 7 August 2008
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National Register #80004483
Bank Saloon
AKA Jack's Bar
418 South Carson Street
Carson City
Built 1899

The Bank Saloon (now known as Jack's Bar) is the oldest continuously operating drinking establishment in Carson City. From its grand opening on August 19, 1899, through prohibition, to the present it has served the community in this capacity. In small communities such as Carson City, bars or saloons have served as a focal point in the social fabric. Convenient meeting spots, they are a relaxing environment in which to conduct business, talk politics, or discuss community life in general.

The proximity of Jack's Bar to the offices of state government (opposite the Nevada State Capitol and Legislative Building) has resulted in its playing a very particular role in political affairs. The Bar has served as the site of informal meetings and caucuses that have had an effect on the political history of the state.

Jack's Bar has been selected as the representative of this class of historic property in Carson City for the following reasons:

  1. The only such establishment that dates to an earlier period of the town's history
  2. Has been in continuous operation in the same capacity since its construction
  3. The building retains its architectural integrity and is very compatible with the historic character of the rest of Carson City

Source: NRHP Nomination Form

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