The Wort Hotel and Silver Dollar Bar & Grill
The inspiration for The Wort Hotel originated with Charles J. Wort, a homesteader who arrived in Jackson Hole in 1893. Charles bought four lots in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. The Wort family operated what is now Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Through the sale of that, the family financed construction of their dream; a luxury hotel in downtown Jackson, WY. The hotel officially opened in the late summer of 1941. In 1950, the famous Silver Dollar Bar was designed and built by a German cabinet maker using 2,032 uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollars. Although gambling had always been unlawful in Wyoming, it was tolerated for many years as a tourist amusement in resort destinations. The Wort offered a variety of gaming options, which moved underground and eventually ceased after outside pressures and the postwar boom brought increased attention to this corner of the world.
Since opening in 1941, The Wort Hotel continues to be a favorite spot in downtown Jackson Hole for locals and visitors alike. Tragically, on the afternoon of August 5, 1980, the town watched in horror as columns of smoke and flames leapt from the hotel's roof. A bird's nest near a transformer had touched off one of the worst blazes in Jackson history. The fire burned into the night, collapsing the roof and threatening an end to this historic landmark. But only days after the fire, a sign went up pronouncing "We'll be back". And so it was; in June 1981, The Wort Hotel reopened to community fanfare and a renewed commitment to every guest who walked through its doors.
The Wort Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide®, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is located on the town square in the heart of Jackson. The Cowboy Bar is a unique Western drinking and entertainment venue that was established in 1937. True to its name, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is no ordinary bar. It has been carved into Wyoming's History, becoming a landmark watering hole for seekers of libation. Countless celebrities, presidents, royalty, cowhands, as well as people from all walks of life, have enjoyed great western fun within the walls of the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The Cowboy Bar is famous for its unique western cowboy motif, complete with a large collection of western memorabilia, unique knobbed pine architecture, cowboy murals, animal mounts, and genuine saddles for bar stools. The décor alone will keep you fascinated for hours at a time. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is internationally famous for its western dancing and entertainment. The Cowboy provides seven days a week of live music and continues to feature local and nationally recognized bands.