National Register of Historic Places in Carson City
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:
Source: NRHP Nomination Form