The Buckhorn Bar

Public Memory: Laramie & the University of Wyoming

The Buckhorn Bar

Laramie, Wyoming 82070, United States

Created By: University of Wyoming


Located in downtown Laramie towards the end of East Ivinson Ave is the Buckhorn Bar & Parlor. The Buckhorn Bar, better known as “the Buck”, was established in 1900, only 14 years after the University of Wyoming. Despite being under a different name when it first opened, it is the longest-running bar in Laramie and one of the oldest in the state of Wyoming. The bar is two stories high, and the second floor was once an operating brothel. It is known for faithfully maintaining its old western feel in the midst of modern Laramie, and is a popular social location, particularly on the weekends, for many within Laramie both young and old. The Buck is also home to many local legends and myths of the old west, along with memories from the community. These range from the cause of the bullet hole in the mirror behind the first-floor bar to the reason why a football field goalpost hangs over the first-floor bar. The Buckhorn Bar is an important part of the Laramie community as it functions as a site to remember old Western history and beyond, while also being an active site that individuals interact with in various ways.

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Contributed by Janaye Hershey

This point of interest is part of the tour: Public Memory: Laramie & the University of Wyoming


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