In Bluff, the Silver Dollar Bar becomes the Bears Ears Education Center

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In Bluff, the Silver Dollar Bar becomes the Bears Ears Education Center

After purchasing the Silver Dollar Bar, owner Kyle Bauman continued to have bar patrons though he was no longer in the bar business. Hence, he named it the Not a Bar, or Nada Bar, and local folks in Bluff, affectionately called Bluffoons, added their handprints across the ceiling and on support beams surrounding the bar counter.
The sign for the Nada Bar, the nickname for the Silver Dollar Saloon, hangs above the main room. The new Bears Ears Education Center will become a meeting place for Bears Ears visitors and Bluff residents.
Like all Western bars, the focus of the Silver Dollar Bar in Bluff, Utah, built in 1955, was cold beer and mixed drinks, not the view. In working class Western saloons after a long day outdoors, you wanted to see but not be seen. Therefore, instead of windows, the front of the bar sports glass bricks.
The new Bears Ears Education Center will have exhibit space, meeting rooms, living quarters and outdoor patios. This is the view of the building facing south.
Just as the ancestral Puebloans playfully painted handprints above their stone dwellings, local Bluff residents added colorful handprints to the interior of the former Silver Dollar Bar when it was owned by Kyle Bauman.
The former Silver Dollar Bar kitchen features original vintage appliances and new cabinetry.
Kyle Bauman purchased the Silver Dollar Bar in Bluff, Utah, as a residence in the 1990s, and it became a focal point for artistic and community events. Now, it is being remodeled as the Bears Ears Education Center, owned and operated by the Friends of Cedar Mesa.
Volunteers stand outside the former Silver Dollar Bar, now the Bears Ears Education Center, in Bluff, Utah. Hundreds of volunteer hours have been, and will be continue to be, invested in converting the 3,800-square-foot 1955 bar into a modern education center. Such a facility is sorely needed. Just last year visitor numbers increased by 35 percent on Bureau of Land Management lands in southeastern Utah.
Volunteers working for the Friends of Cedar Mesa paint Southwest-style cabinetry in the former Silver Dollar Bar kitchen.

In Bluff, the Silver Dollar Bar becomes the Bears Ears Education Center

After purchasing the Silver Dollar Bar, owner Kyle Bauman continued to have bar patrons though he was no longer in the bar business. Hence, he named it the Not a Bar, or Nada Bar, and local folks in Bluff, affectionately called Bluffoons, added their handprints across the ceiling and on support beams surrounding the bar counter.
The sign for the Nada Bar, the nickname for the Silver Dollar Saloon, hangs above the main room. The new Bears Ears Education Center will become a meeting place for Bears Ears visitors and Bluff residents.
Like all Western bars, the focus of the Silver Dollar Bar in Bluff, Utah, built in 1955, was cold beer and mixed drinks, not the view. In working class Western saloons after a long day outdoors, you wanted to see but not be seen. Therefore, instead of windows, the front of the bar sports glass bricks.
The new Bears Ears Education Center will have exhibit space, meeting rooms, living quarters and outdoor patios. This is the view of the building facing south.
Just as the ancestral Puebloans playfully painted handprints above their stone dwellings, local Bluff residents added colorful handprints to the interior of the former Silver Dollar Bar when it was owned by Kyle Bauman.
The former Silver Dollar Bar kitchen features original vintage appliances and new cabinetry.
Kyle Bauman purchased the Silver Dollar Bar in Bluff, Utah, as a residence in the 1990s, and it became a focal point for artistic and community events. Now, it is being remodeled as the Bears Ears Education Center, owned and operated by the Friends of Cedar Mesa.
Volunteers stand outside the former Silver Dollar Bar, now the Bears Ears Education Center, in Bluff, Utah. Hundreds of volunteer hours have been, and will be continue to be, invested in converting the 3,800-square-foot 1955 bar into a modern education center. Such a facility is sorely needed. Just last year visitor numbers increased by 35 percent on Bureau of Land Management lands in southeastern Utah.
Volunteers working for the Friends of Cedar Mesa paint Southwest-style cabinetry in the former Silver Dollar Bar kitchen.
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