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During the territorial times in Oklahoma, the Blue Belle was one of the popular saloons in Guthrie. It was opened in 1889 by two men, John Selstrom and Jack Tearney. Silent film star Tom Mix reportedly worked there as a bartender before he departed for Hollywood.

Originally the building was constructed of wooden frame, but it was replaced in 1903 by the brick structure that you see today. Over the doorways is a "C-11" that is the insignia of Ned Cheadle, whose company, the Freemont Land and Improvement Company, incorporated the brick.

Other businesses shared the building with the saloon - when prohibition was the law of the land, there was a restaurant in the building, and later a record store on one side. The second floor consisted of seventeen small rooms, and was a bordello run by a lady known as "Miss Lizzie" - her ladies of the evening were called "Miss Lizzie's Girls."

Prohibition was not lifted in Oklahoma until 1959, and a bar was re-established in the building. It was given the name "The Blue Belle," and today still maintains much of the original interior. It's a great place for a meal and a brew while visiting Guthrie... but you may find that there are other unseen visitors there.

A couple of spectral visitors have been seen on the first floor in the bar, a man and a dark-haired woman, who are going about their business from a bygone era. Some believe that the woman is Miss Lizze, there to conduct business and send gentlemen upstairs to her girls.

And speaking of the upstairs area, although you can't go there today, footsteps, knocking, and banging has been heard. Those who have gone upstairs have seen moving shadows, and have heard the voices of women, presumably from the days when it was a house of prostitution.

With its haunted past, the Blue Belle Saloon is a great place to visit, with an impressive selection of beers and delicious food. Miss Lizzie would be proud!


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