Nellie E. Saloon (Desert Bar), click here for website

This fire truck was used by
the owner's father during
development of the Blue
Water Lagoon

Desert Bar aka Nellie E. Saloon
Check out all the solar panels!
(click on photos to enlarge)

Remains of an old mining camp

The Nellie E. Saloon (Desert Bar) is situated in the Buckskin Mountains, on land that was an old mining camp. The camp was located on the portion of land that is now the parking lot. When the owner acquired the land in 1975, there was nothing left of the mining camp. With the land and a liquor license from an old business on leased river land, Ken (the owner) decided to give the bar in the desert idea a try. In 1983, he opened for business. The Nellie E. was not totally completed until 1988. The inside of the saloon has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are made of steel and sway from side to side. The top of the bar is brass, and the ceiling is made of stamped tin purchased from a factory in Missouri. The saloon is powered by solar, stored in batteries and run through inverters. (The above information is from a flyer we got from the bar).

This place is pretty darn cool!! We arrived at the Desert Bar by way of the Buckskin Mountains jeep trail, 5 1/2 miles long. Most people take the easy, graveled road, obviously, from Hwy. 95.
They serve drinks, hamburgers (only $3.00!), and nachos. They sell T-shirts, AND they
even have a live band. The bar is open only on the weekends from Labor Day through Memorial Day. They are open one night only on New Years Eve, IF it falls on the weekend. Wouldn't that be a blast!!

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