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Cattleman's Bar: 1938

Cattleman's Bar: 1938

November 1938. "Saloon in stockyards district. South Omaha, Nebraska." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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What's in a name

You don't need/want an apostrophe after Cobbs when it's your last name -- ie LIKE mine. Yes, there are lots of people with the last name of COBBS.

Second floor ladies

Not saying this is necessarily true of the Cattleman's Bar, but the second floor was frequently the domain of ladies of the evening, partly because it was less likely for the customers to skedaddle out a window without paying for the entertainment. I used to volunteer at the Mining and Railroad Museum in Helper, Utah, which was situated next door to a notorious bar with second-floor clientele. The brothel remained open until 1977 or so, when one of the patrons went back north to Salt Lake City and blabbed. The state promptly shut it down.

Re: Cobbs Creek

Those are definitely some of my late mother's drinks on that thermometer!

Cobbs Creek

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Slake your thirst elsewhere

A 1940 telephone directory has Cattleman's Bar at 4939 S. 26th St and Breeders Supply Co. #2 at 2517 O St. Looks like both were demolished for an overpass.

How appropriate

According to

"Vachon Name Meaning --French: from a diminutive of vache (from Latin vacca ‘cow’), an occupational name for a cowherd. "

Up the creek with a thermometer

The first thing that caught my eye was that sign with "Cobbs Creek" at the bottom. It is on the white beam between the door and large window. With the liquor bottle at the top, it was an easy Google to add whiskey to Cobbs Creek. Sure enough, it is a Cobbs Creek blended whisky sign with a Drink-O-Meter whiskey thermometer of suggested cocktails ("Bell Ringer" at the top). I don't see a needed apostrophe on Cobbs, but after a glass of Cobbs Creek whiskey, who cares?

vehicle IDs

1930 Plymouth coupe and 1926/1927 Ford truck.

Semi tough looking joint

Might have to know how to use a set of knuckles there after midnight. Love that thermometer though.

And if you get lucky

There are rooms upstairs.

P.S. The cattle have their own hangout down the street a piece.

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