The first place that was actually called a "saloon" was at Brown's Hole near the Wyoming-Colorado-Utah border. Established in 1822, Brown's Saloon catered to the many trappers during the heavy fur trading days.
Decorations at these many saloons varied from place to place but most often reflected the ideals of the customers. In the cowtowns of the prairies, one might see steer horns, spurs, and saddles adorning the walls, while in the mountains, a customer would be met by the glazing eyes of taxidermied deer or elk. Often, there was the infamous nude painting of a woman hanging behind the bar.
Earning as much as $10 per week, most saloon girls also made a commission from the drinks that they sold. Whiskey sold to the customer was marked up 30-60% over its wholesale price. Commonly drinks bought for the girls would only be cold tea or colored sugar water served in a shot glass; however, the customer was charged the full price of whiskey, which could range from ten to seventy-five cents a shot.
All information above is from Legends of America ~Saloons of the American West
I thought it would be fun to share some of the saloon pics I've taken through the years.
Even little Nel got in the picture when she was two.
And here's Nel at a downtown shop trying on hats.
Oh, this picture really spoke to me.
Looks like someone just got thrown out of the saloon.
*Nel and Jess' traveling teddy. They never travel without him.