Historic Pub Crawl To Kick Off Telluride Blues & Brews

[click “Play” to listen to Susan’s conversation with Beth Roberts]

2004-01-154a Thursday, September 16, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Telluride Historical Museum hosts a Pub Crawl to kick off the 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

Towards the end of the Victorian era, Telluride was a mining town with a work hard, play harder ethic. In the town’s wild and wooly past, a person could not swing a shotgun without hitting at least one of about 37 watering holes. Throughout Prohibition, the fact Telluride was hard to get to served arm benders well: thirsty people could drink anywhere, including at the Courthouse.

Fast forward to the 1960s. Hospitals and banks closed, only 600 locals remained, but saloons endured. In the 1970s, when Telluride became a ski resort, a new generation of ski bums and hippies wrote another chapter of our town’s drinking history.

The Telluride Museum’s pub crawl includes stops at Honga’s Lotus Petal (site of the infamous Roma), The Last Dollar Saloon, The New Sheridan Bar and  Sheridan Opera House, where the Crawl ends and an evening of music begins.

Unknown The featured artist is singer-songwriter Nathan McEuen, who comes by his talent naturally. McEuen’s dad is John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. McEuen, Jr. served as a roadie/assistant to his pop, and sometimes sang back up vocals playing rhythm guitar.

Tickets for the crawl are $30 and include the guided tour, beer stein with historic image and tickets to the Sheridan Opera House concert or $20 for the Crawl and stein. Tickets for the Nathan McEuen concert  alone are $15 at the door. Show time is 8 p.m.

To learn more about the fun, click the “play” button and listen to the Museum’s Beth Roberts’ interview.

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