Ripped Atlas: Shooting Star Saloon



Buck was one big dog. The late  St. Bernard's head was mounted and now hangs on the wall of Utah's oldest and flat-out best bar: the Shooting Star Saloon in dinky Huntsville. While the Beehive State will never be known for its debauchery, the Shooting Star is undoubtedly one of the greatest watering holes in the West.

Located just east of the city of Ogden in sublime Ogden Valley -- home to three ski resorts (Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Creek Utah) -- the bar is said to have poured its first drink in 1862. It hasn't stopped serving since -- the place pretty much ignored Prohibition. The Shooting Star is still the place to go in the Valley: Bedecked with signed dollar bills, rubber chickens, frying pans, and all sorts of other whatnot, the joint is packed after the lifts stop turning at the local hills and the bartender is equally apt at serving beers and discussing quantum physics.

Then there's Buck. And, in the men's room, this:



Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah, 801/745-2002.
 

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