Is Raquel Welch's bra in here?

 

The Genoa Bar located in Genoa was established in 1853.  It is Nevada’s oldest operating bar and is still one of Nevada’s favorite watering holes.

Over the years the bar has been visited by many famous people.  Among them, Mark Twain, Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Carol Lombard, Clark Gable, John Wayne and hundreds more.

One of those famous people was Raquel Welch.  In the 1960’s Raquel Welch visited the bar to have a few libations as many patrons do.  Raquel noticed the 100’s of bras hanging from the ceiling of the bar and asked the bartender why there were so many bras hanging from the ceiling.

The bartender told Raquel that the bras were left by the bar’s many patrons over the years.  It was a kind of a Genoa Bar tradition.

After Raquel had a few drinks the bartender politely asked Raquel if she honor The Genoa Bar by leaving her bra.  After pondering, Raquel agreed but on one condition.  She would leave her bra, but all the other bra’s had to be taken down and only hers would be displayed in the bar forever.  The bartender agreed.

So, next time you visit the Genoa Bar you will see Raquel’s bra next to the deer antlers on the wall, along side of her autographed photo.  Raquel’s bra still remains the only bra on display.

As a side note, the Genoa Bar keeps an old safe where bar patrons may go to look at other donated bras.  But there is a catch, if you choose to go into the safe to look at the bras you must first agree to leave your bra.

The story above is one of the stories in “The Nevada Outhouse Trivia Book”, written by Martin T. Smith
Copyrighted 2009, all rights reserved.

The Independent Spirit of Nevadans

In the mid 80’s the Coors Beer Company came to the Genoa Bar to film a beer commercial.

Many local people were asked to be extra’s in the commercial.  Their job in the commercial was to be drinking Coors beer and just have fun.  The problem was that all of the Nevada extra’s hated Coors Beer, and refused to drink it.

The Director was on tight schedule to finish the commercial, so after a time the director of the commercial told the locals they could empty their Coors Beer cans and fill them with Budweiser.  The Nevada extra’s were so please that the commercial was shot in one take and the commercial was finished on time.  What can I say, “Nevadan’s are fickle.”

The story above is one of the stories in “The Nevada Outhouse Trivia Book”, written by Martin T. Smith
Copyrighted 2009, all rights reserved.

Martin T. Smith

About the Author: Martin T. Smith

Besides being an authority on the Nevada state flag, Martin is the creator of 'The Nevada Trivia Game', author of 'The Nevada Outhouse Trivia Book' and longtime owner of 'The Flag Store Sign & Banner' in Sparks, Nevada.