I love talking about cowboys, times past and sharing my thoughts along with historical fact. I never get tired of picturing myself back then wearing a long dress, hat and gloves. Or maybe I’d have been a dance hall girl…….


This website is kinda like an old West saloon in that it’s a place to gather for a good time–minus the whiskey of course. *very big grin*

It would have been rare for a town in the 1800s not to have a saloon. Often a watering hole was the first business that set up in a new settlement. They were an important part of the community, a place to hear the latest news and happenings, to socialize and unwind and escape their wives. Lawmen knew to go there first if he was looking for someone. Talk was free and then if the sheriff or marshal bought a man a drink, the witness spilled more then he intended.

The only saloon owner I’ve written was Rand Sinclair, the second oldest Bachelor brother, and the hero in TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE. His Lily of the West was a happening place in Battle Creek, Texas. His brother, Cooper Thorne, didn’t drink liquor because of what he’d seen it often made men do. His favorite refreshment was sarsaparilla and one of the hand pies (as fried pies were called back then) that Rand kept on hand.


While Vernors Ginger Ale was first produced in 1866 and root beer 1876, I believe sarsaparilla was the first soft drink to make it to the Old West and it was served in saloons because of the scarcity of pharmacies (or apothecaries) at the time. Sarsaparilla was used during the Civil War as a treatment for syphilis and touted as a blood purifier.

But other soft drink makers had early starts as well:

  • In 1885 Charles Alderton, a pharmacist in Waco, Texas, patented Dr Pepper.
  • In 1886 Dr. John Pemberton discovered Coca Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • In 1898 Caleb Bradham added Pepsi Cola to the list of soft drinks.

So what’s your poison here in our favorite saloon? Joe’s ready to set ’em up. What is your favorite soft drink? Mine is Diet Dr. Pepper and I have to have one every day or it won’t seem right. But I wonder if you would’ve been a sarsaparilla drinker.


SET ‘EM UP, JOE! — 8 Comments

  1. I’m a Dr. Pepper girl. I grew up just 11 miles from Dublin, Texas, home of the oldest Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. Like you I’m now a Diet Dr. Pepper girl.. Gotta watch those calories. LOL!! But a good sasparillo probably would of been my 2nd poison back in the day. Thanks for always sharing such great history stories with us all.

    • Tonya, I knew we had a lot in common, but the same soft drink? Wow! Yep, those Diet Dr. Peppers are sure good and they hit the spot on a hot summer day. It must’ve been fun living that close to Dublin. You’ve been all over Texas, girl! Have a great week!

  2. I am a diet Mountain Dew girl and like you I have one every day after my coffee of course. I start my morning off with a mug of coffee and then the Mountain Dew, the rest of the day I try to do water.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……Yep, we gotta have our coffee. That much for sure. I used to drink Mountain Dew occasionally but I haven’t one in probably fifteen or twenty years. Been a long time. You know, I try to drink water during the day but I just don’t want it. I only drink water with my meals. I’m a bad, bad, bad girl! LOL

  3. And I’m a sarsaparilla/root beer girl! My favorite brand is Barq’s. Just went to Wikipedia and found this: “The Barq’s Brothers Bottling Company was founded in 1898 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, by Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his older brother, Gaston” but it’s currently owned by Coca-Cola.

    • Hi Jacqui…….Love having you drop by the saloon! Joe’s setting you up some Sarsaparilla now. Ice cold and smooth. Thanks for looking that up on Wikipedia. So root beer and Pepsi came out the same year. Very cool!

  4. Does Fire Rod count? 😉

    I also love Dr. Pepper. When I went to school at Baylor, Waco’s claim to fame was that Dr. Pepper was “invented” there. I think it was originally intended as laxative. LOL.

    Great post Linda! Sorry it took me so long to get over here. Been in the cave. Now the bear has to crawl back inside and get to work!

    • Hi Elisabeth! Wow, it’s great to see you here. Yes, everything counts in my saloon. Just name your poison and you got it. Glad to also find another Dr. Pepper drinker. I love that stuff and yes you’re right. It was intended as a laxative. A lot of those early soft drinks were originally a cure for some malady.

      I hear you on the cave. I think both us have crawled into one. I hate that I never have time to email you. But at least when we get to Vegas it’s party time–5 days for me. Yippee!