March 17, 1885
Major Frank North has just been buried at a Columbus cemetery, so his mourners fill the town. Among those paying their respects is one of the greatest celebrities of the day.
Buffalo Bill Cody brought along his troupe of Wild West performers to run a dress rehearsal for his new show. North, who led Pawnee scouts during the Indian Wars, managed Native performers in Cody’s show before his death.
Cody and his troupe travel down 11th Street on their way out of town. But Cody decides to wet his parched throat before leaving, so they all stop at Bucher’s Saloon for a beer.
The showman with a keen eye for publicity orders a drink for everyone and lays a $1,000 bill on the bar. William Bucher, who opened the saloon in 1876, nearly faints and townspeople flock to see the four-figure note.
March 26, 2007
The bartender reaches into the cooler, grabs two frosty mugs and makes his way to the beer tap. A man walks in, talking loudly on his cell phone. The lunch crowd fills tables and the sound of deep fryers fills the bar.
Glur’s Tavern has stuck true to its roots since Louis Glur bought what was once Bucher’s Saloon in 1914.
In 1972, the Beverage Analyst, a trade group magazine, called Glur’s the oldest tavern west of the Missouri River operating continuously in the same building. It has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the outside, the frame building looks like a house. The original wooden floor announces every footstep with a creak. Stuffed deer, pheasants and geese line the walls.
“It is one thing that has remained constant for over 100 years,” said Todd Trofholz, who, with his wife, Carrie, bought the tavern in 1992.
But a history buff might find it nearly impossible to pull off a re-enactment of Cody’s round — the U.S. Treasury stopped printing $1,000 notes in 1969.
Adam Bender of Columbus is a senior news-editorial major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He wrote this story for his feature-writing class.