Albert Reinert was a congenial host. A former restaurant owner, his popular free lunches varied from clam chowder to spareribs and sauerkraut or Mexican enchiladas. Sacke supplied the saloon with locally brewed pilsener beer, which went for a nickel a schooner. Its staff of bartenders was considered "hail fellows." One notable character was Ham Grease Jimmy. According to legend, he was a bartender here until a lucky chip on the right number earned him enough to buy his own saloon,
A. Reinert's Saloon
Initially women and children were required to use a separate "family entrance" along Third Avenue. They were not allowed to socialize with the men at the bar due to Alaska law. The Mascot was a center for information and activities around Skagway. During the gold rush days, weary stampeders could "flop" their bedroll down on the floor and sleep before setting out on the trail. Newspapers from Skagway and Seattle were sold in town and read out loud at the bar so everyone knew the happenings of the day. The installation of the telegraph line brought in news and sporting events directly to the bar patrons and free lunches were served to the customers to attract business and to get them to drink.
The Mascot Saloon was restored to its 1905-1916 appearance during 1986-1990 at a cost of $1,200,000 for the entire complex. Shortly afterward restoration exhibits depicting town life were installed in the building. This saloon had a fancier bar than most. The beer bottles on display are replicas of the brand distributed by the Mascot during its heyday. Examples of stronger spirits available, rest on the back bar. Cigars were for sale and some of the brands are found in a glass case near the door. The doors behind the bar led to an adjacent business or provided access to an area reserved for gambling. No barstools were provided. Patrons had to stand to drink and socialize. A bar rail, brass spittoons, and bar towels were provided for customers use.National Park Service archeologists have found many artifacts underneath the saloon. Historical photographs and accounts from individuals as well as the artifacts recovered were used to recreate the bar scene. Many of the artifacts on display such as the whiskey bottles, are identical to those found under the building. The bar area is protected by a railing and alarm system. Please help protect the bar scene by staying behind the barrier and not touching the bar and cigar case. Oils in our hands are left on the objects if you touch them, thus, tarnishing the objects. You may take photographs, however. We hope you enjoy the exhibit and the rest of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Last updated: December 9, 2019