Recreation

Senate Saloon with a group of men in a horse-drawn wagon at Fairplay in the late 1800s

Senate Saloon with a group of men in a horse-drawn wagon at Fairplay in the late 1800s

Saloons quicky became a staple of Park County settlements. The Senate Saloon is featured in many photos of 1800s Fairplay. The saloon was advertised to host good smokes and liquors. 

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Ad in Fairplay Flume, April 23, 1915

Along with Saloons, billiard halls, and brewerys also created recreational spaces for settlers of Park County. 

The Summer Brewery built by Charles and Leonard Summer at Fairplay in the late 1800s

The Summer Brewery built by Charles and Leonard Summer at Fairplay in the late 1800s

Summer Brewery (South Park)

Leonhard Summer constructed the South Park brewery in 1973, which promptly burnt to ashes in a fire a few months later. Eventually, another brewery was constructed. As written in the Fairplay Flume, “Mr. Summer is a brewer of many year’s experience, and as he uses none but the best of materials in the manufacture of his premium beer he produces a strictly pure article, as many hundreds of patrons can testify to. Its merits are widely known throughout the state, and more particularly in Lake and Park counties.” [1]