Saloons were a fixture in every old west town. They provided food, drink, and entertainment for many a weary cowpuncher or drifter as well as the locals.
Entertainment meant anything from various gambling games to brightly dressed and over rouged women of the night shamelessly displaying shoulders and ankles!
Many weary cowpokes simply wanted to belly up to the bar and whet their whistles after a long and dusty cattle drive.
Saloons were more often than not the scene of angry arguments that usually did not end well. And of course, there were always the church going ladies of the town that frowned on the very existence of a Saloon!
If I'd lived back then, I don't think I'd have been one of those do-gooder prohibitionist type females but I also wouldn't have been a lady of the night! I would probably have fallen somewhere in the middle, curious and peering over those swinging saloon doors trying to get a look at what was going on in there. What about you??