On today’s episode I talk about the oldest bar in Wyoming. Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits is owned and operated by Scott and Christine Harmon. They took the plunge six years ago and moved from Southern California to Hartville, Wyoming to take over the restaurant and bar. Welcome to the Wild West folks! Buckle up! This episode covers everything from prostitution to ghosts, and of course some of the best steak you’ll find anywhere, you’re in for a treat!
How Has the Oldest Bar in Wyoming Changed Over Time?
To understand the rich history of Miners and Stockmen’s you have to go way way back to the beginning. Hartville, Wyoming was a mining town. They started as a settlement in 1880 before becoming incorporated in 1900. At one time Hartville had a booming business scene. They had an opera house, two newspapers, stables, cafes, bakeries and 13 saloons.
Hartville was your stereotypical Wild West town. Prostitution, alcohol, and crime were common. Many disputes were actually settled by a shootout on Main Street.
Fast forward to today. Hartville is home to 62 people. It is a picturesque and quiet community. A number of historic stone buildings still remain today. They are worth a visit! There are a few retired miners and some young families. There are only 2 businesses in town. The post office and Miners and Stockmen’s.
Where To Find Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits?
Today Hartville is a very different town than the late 1800s. However, Scott and Christine are still here putting their mark on this legendary bar. If you are driving through Wyoming, make sure you take the detour and head to Hartville. Scott will cook you a steak you’ll never forget! You can find out more about Miners and Stockmen’s on their website here as well as their Facebook page here.
They continue to innovate, even in the face of a global pandemic with COVID-19. Many restaurants have had to disrupt their normal flow of business to accommodate state regulations and closures. Christine and Scott are still finding ways to get creative and deliver some of the best steak around. They are now running more of a grocery store than a restaurant, and are eagerly waiting for when they can reopen.
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