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In the early 1880s, the bar was part of a saloon in Halleck, a rough and tumble railroad town that also served as headquarters of several large ranches. The combination of ranch hands and railroad workers was a volatile one, and the saloon was the site of many brawls, knifings, and even a few murders. Business gradually went downhill and by the 1950s, the saloon was closed. The beautiful bar and back-bar was left in the abandoned building until it was rescued by two local ranchers, the late Norman and Art Glaser, and Chach Evans, a local attorney. Art Glaser and his wife, Marianne, restored the fine fixture to its former glory and the Glazers' and Evans donated it to the museum on condition that a party be held each year and a bottle of Beefeater Gin be served over the bar. This has come to be known as the Halleck Bar Party, and has been held every year since. An open bar and hors d’oeuvres are part of the celebration.