Monday, March 20, 2006

Old Lerner Store (Acme Saloon), 227 East San Antonio Avenue




The Old Lerner Store, 227 East San Antonio Avenue, is the site of the Acme Saloon and the beginning of the Parlor House District. The Acme Saloon was wood and adobe, and had a doorway opening to the bar. On August 19, 1895, John Selman walked into the Acme Saloon and shot and killed John Wesley Hardin, the Old West's most notorious gunfighter. A marker on the building notes the historic site. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

2 comments:

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Before Hardin came to El Paso and after his criminal life, one of the only ways he could make money was through exhibition gun shows where he would throw a card in the air and shoot a hole through it. He would then sign the card and sell it. I'd like to get my hands on one of those cards!

high above texas said...

I grew up in El Paso and when I was a young boy (in their 50s) my mom took the bus to downtown and shopped at Lerner's. I wish I would have known the history of the place when I was in college here and especially when I worked in news at KVIA in the late 70s. Would have been a great story.
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