More great info..........now to sneak that into my western.
Do look at the high prices of the 'pens'......and some were really, really huge.
Beer was still going for 5 cents a schooner back East........some places gave a fried oyster with every beer. With luck one could get a good nickle cigar, but mostly the good ones cost a dime....or even more.
Any place on a rail road line had shaken and stained cocktails, in they had ice....outside 1881....when America suffered an ice drought. That stimulated the ice factories, that sprung up like mushrooms. One needed ice to make and age beer.
Free lunch, after 3 beers you chowed down.......unfortunately stopped in 1919 and never started up again.
It was only the cheap cowboy, worker saloons that had weepy cheese to go on sandwiches and pickled eggs. The good saloons where one paid a dime a beer, had a French buffet.
The high prices kept out the low classed drunken rif-raf, that shot each other and others in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Actually wearing of guns was frowned at, as soon as an opera house went up....or even before. In the West, the East was totally IN....and cowboys were almost on par with dollar a day ditch diggers. (By the late 1880's cowboys were paid $15-20 a month....and could not carry a gun at all.)
So if one was well to do and had a need, one had one's shoulder holster gun, or a couple of derringers in one's big coat pockets. (Someone famous faked having two derringers in his coat pocket so didn't get killed.)
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 26 February 2019 - 10:16.