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College Inn Bar, Douglas

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The College Inn Bar is the oldest established business in Douglas, Wyoming and Converse County to survive in its original location. Established in 1906 by Theodore (Llee) Pringle, succeeding an 1887 bar known as "Lee Pringle's." The 1906 structure is a two-story masonry building, occupying the site of the frame Pringle's bar, which was moved two blocks away and which still survives.
The College Inn Bar is a rectangular two story masonry building with 25 feet (7.6 m) of street frontage, and 100 feet (30 m) deep. The bar, made by the Brunswick-Balke Calendar Company of Chicago, features elaborate woodwork, with a mirrored marble and wood backbar. The mirrors were painted with western scenes in 1953. The barroom features taxidermy mounts and an arched vision screen with stained glass inserts, crowned by two stuffed golden eagles. Beyond the barroom is a lounge that used to feature ten curtained private booths, removed during Prohibition. The lounge retains call buttons and painted murals.
The second floor originally had nine elaborately-furnished guest rooms, with a tenth room for gambling. The building's structure incorporates railroad steel and steel cables in an early attempt at reinforced concrete. The basement served as a storeroom for liquor and beer.
The College Inn Bar was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 10, 1979.
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  • Have a couple of drinks and something to eat with the good people of Douglas, at the recently restored Institution that is the College Inn Bar. Owner Jacey and her team have done an amazing job of...  more »
  • Located in downtown and locally owned - this 1906 building is intact on the inside. An incredible bar. They are so busy they don't need to advertise - that means the locals love. Fun place to just...  more »
  • Terrific atmosphere, food and staff. The burger and fries are fantastic and the beer is ice cold. Definitely a place I try to visit for a good meal and a couple games of pool when I'm in the area. Give this place a try once and you will be a regular aswell.
  • The owners are two of the best people you will ever meet. They did an amazing job bringing this bar bar back to life. They brought a new touch to it but left all the breath taking history. Always a good time time.

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