Glur's Tavern

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Glur's Tavern
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Glur's Tavern, Columbus, Nebraska
Glur's Tavern is located in Nebraska
Glur's Tavern
Glur's Tavern is located in the US
Glur's Tavern
Location2301 11th St, Columbus, NE 68601 USA
Nearest cityColumbus, Nebraska
Coordinates41°25′41″N 97°21′22″W / 41.427953°N 97.356004°W / 41.427953; -97.356004Coordinates: 41°25′41″N 97°21′22″W / 41.427953°N 97.356004°W / 41.427953; -97.356004
NRHP reference #75001100[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 30, 1975

Glur's Tavern is a drinking establishment built in 1876 in the city of Columbus, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. It is said to be the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Mississippi.[2] It was patronized by "Buffalo Bill" Cody during a visit to Columbus.[3] The tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

"The tavern is a worn, white clapboard structure that looks untouched by time and remodeling experts,' wrote Tim Carman recently in the Washington City Paper. "There's even an old "SALOON" sign hanging over the front-porch entrance."[5]

Local legend says that Buffalo Bill paid his bill at Glur's Tavern in May 1883 with a $1,000 bill after a funeral in Columbus for Major Frank North.[3] North was the former leader of the Pawnee Indian Scouts and a close friend of Buffalo Bill's who managed the Native American participants in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. The showman's entourage came to Columbus for the funeral and rehearsals at the local fairgrounds.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Bender, Adam (June 3, 2007). "An Old West legend walks into a bar …". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Frear, Shelley (July 1, 2006). "Buffalo Bill's Columbus Adventure: The showman left his mark on a Nebraska town site and saloon". True West Magazine.
  4. ^ "Nebraska National Register Sites in Platte County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. ^ Carman, Tim (May 7, 2009). "Glur's Tavern: The Oldest Bar West of the Missouri River… and Maybe the Quietest". Washington City Paper.