17 Bar & The Spur Bar

Located next door to one another in the 1100 block of First Avenue North, the 17 Bar and the Spur Bar catered to the cowboy and cowgirl crowd, with distinctive neon signs to make the target audience clear. It's said that the 17 Bar was able to circumvent a city ordinance prohibiting liquor to be sold on the same premises as a live music and dancing venue. The city limits, it's said, ended at the edge of the dance floor, allowing the bar to operate with live music and dancing, so long as drinks weren't carried across the city-county boundary. Both the Spur and the 17 Bar were closed by the late 1990s. The former Spur location is home to The Loft today, while the old 17 Bar building has been home to various businesses.