Ben F. Goe's Cowboy Bar and and to its right Moore's Cafe, approx. 1941.
The most distinctive building on Cache is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. It is the oldest existing business on the Square.
The Goe Family traces back in the west to the 1850's. Ben Goe, himself,
received a patent to his homestead in 1913 and was appointed as the
first postmaster of the village of Kelly. To the right of the Cowboy Bar is Moore's Cafe operated by
Jack Moore (1909-1996). At the time of the photo, Moore advertised that his specialty was mountain trout. After construction of the
Wort Hotel in 1941, Moore operated the Alpine Restuarant in the hotel. Later, he and his wife Helen operated Moore's Open Range Restaurant adjacent to the
Silver Spur where the
Legacy Gallery is now located.
Cache,looking south. Jack Moore's Open Range Restuarant is on the right. Further down the street is
the Silver Spur and then the Cowboy Bar followed by the Richard's Ford Dealership.
Moore was a friend of the artist Archie Boyd Teater (1901-1978).
Teater arrived in Jackson from Idaho in a Model T and in the summers camped near
Jenny Lake and pointed scenes of
the Tetons which were sold to tourists. He became suceessful and studied art in New York. He opened a studio in Jackson in 1941. His painted were described as impressionistic and
romantic. Moore displayed one of Teater's paintings which featured a romanticised view of Cache Street and
Jack's Open Range Restaurant. The painting was used on n advertising postcard for the restaurant.
Jack Moore's Open Range Restuarant, postcard reproduction of original which was oil on canvas.
With success, Teater traveled all over the world. In the west he travelled in a Jeepster station wagon. He maintained a studio in
Idaho in a Frank Lloyd Wright desgined studio. Teater moved from Jackson to Carmel, California in 1977 and died a year later at the
Mayo Clinic after a heart attack.
Dancing at Ben Goe's Cowboy Bar, 1930s.
Goe operated other bars elsewhere included facilities in Evansville near Casper and
at Riverton. In one lawsuit over the alleged destruction of some gambling equipment in a fire in the
club in Evansville, Goe openly admitted to possession of roulette, craps, and blackjack equiipment. The Cowboy Bar is the oldest surviving business fronting on the
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Jackson, 1946. Photo by Davey Harris courtesy of
Davey Harrris (1930 - 1980), whose photos appear on this and
the next page, left home in Pocatello, Idaho, at age 16. He, with two
friends, arrived in Jackson on foot in 1946. Their vehicle, a $15.00 used Ford "Tin Lizzie," broke down in the
crossing of Teton Pass and was disposed of by pushing it down the mountainside from the roadway. The boys
took up residence in a tent along side the creek. Davey obtained employment in the
kitchen of the Cowboy Bar. There he was paid every night with a silver dollar and was allowed to
take home to the tent a pot of left-over soup or stew. In the cool night air the grease in the
stew would float to the top and congeal before he could reach the campfire at the tent. When winter came,
the weight of the snow would collapse the tent. Thus, it came time for the
three boys to move on. Davey enlisted in the Army Air Corps. One of the souvenirs of his days in
Jackson that Davey Harris kept over the years was a card from Cowboy Bar.
Card retained by Davey Harris. Left, front; Right, reverse
Moore's was later replaced by the Silver Spur. At the time Moore's was regarded as "upscale." At the time, there were a limited number of eateries in Jackson.
During the mineteen teens there was a lunch counter at the Jackson Hotel. As previously indicated Ma Reed ran a cafe. The Crabtree
Hotel had a dining room and there was the Blue Bird Cafe and the Log Cabin Cafe operated by Fred Lovejoy. With the growth of Jackson in recent years there has been a great
increase of restaurants of all kinds and descriptions. By 2013, in the Jackson area there are some
108 restaurants. Several try to adopt a "cowboy theme." At least two feature "cowboy comfort food."
A glance at the menues indicates that the cowboy comfort foods are heavy on avocado, hummus, and varieties of
goat cheese. The writer may be getting old and forgetful, he just doesn't remember such items from his younger days.
Jackson, Cache looking north toward Deloney, approx 1950.
To the right of the Cowboy Bar is
the Silver Spur. Some years ago the writer took his son into the Silver Spur for
lunch. What the son wanted was not on the menu, but the waiter remembered
that the item was available at the Cowboy Bar and went next door to get it.
That was service above and beyond the call of duty.
Jackson, Cache looking South to Broadway, 1956.
The Silver Spur is now gone and was replaced by the Cadilac. The Cadilac had such items on
its menu as Rack of Lamb finished with a raspberry demi glace and wonton wrappers stuffed with goat cheese and spinach.
In 2012, the Cadilac was replaced with "The Local." The Local is somewhat pricy, is ala carte and the menu bears some affectations.
As of the summer of 2013, the least expensive entree on the dinner menu was an $18.00 hamburger ($5.00 more if adding foi gras)
although the bar menu has some items more suitable for a cowboy's
wallet. As of 2017, the hamburger is still $18.00 the foi gras was up to $8.00
Jackson, Cache looking South to Broadway, 2003, photo by Geoff Dobson
The Cadilac (later "The Local" is to the right of the Cowboy Bar and to the left of the Museum at the right side of the photo.
Music this page Steel Guitar Melody:
As performed by
Douglas Venable and his Band
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