Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology And History In Virginia City
The image of Old West saloons as sites of violence and raucous entertainment has been perpetuated by film and legend, but the true story of such establishments is far more complex. In Boomtown Saloons, archaeologist Kelly J. Dixon recounts the excavation of four historic saloon sites in Nevada's Virginia City, one of the West's most important boomtowns, and shows how the p...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by University of Nevada Press
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Historical anthropology at its best. Dixon uses methods specific to the field to interpret a specific saloon, whilst comparing it to similar sites. Her conclusions are a spectacular example of uncovering information about underrepresented groups in history.