About Ghost Ranch Steamboat
A quaint mountain village whose world-class ski area, old west charm, and relaxed, down to earth lifestyle draws visitors from around the world; Steamboat Springs offers a glimpse of the Wild West, yet provides visitors and locals alike all of today’s modern day conveniences. Although a vacation destination for many, Steamboat’s tight knit community creates an intimate environment that is hard to beat for families of all ages.
Ghost Ranch is a one of a kind venue that offers guests a “look in to the past” with its “old west” style saloon. At Ghost Ranch, we strive to deliver exciting evening entertainment to locals and visitors alike by welcoming high quality live music and merriment. Ghost Ranch’s old world saloon makes for a great venue for those looking to host an event with a touch of rustic charm. From weddings, to birthday parties, to anniversary celebrations, Ghost Ranch is equipped to help you plan an event that will provide you and your guests with memories that will last for years to come.
The centerpiece of Ghost Ranch is the hand-carved back bar built in 1893 by Brunswick Balke Collender Company. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brunswick Balke Collender Company built three back bars of this large design in 1893. The bars are 24 feet in length and 12.5 feet tall and while similar in design, each bar features its own intricate carvings and shapes. Despite historic rumors that one of the three bars was destroyed in a fire, all three bars are still in existence today. The first bar is located at the Alpha Café in Wapakoneta, Ohio and is made of white oak. The second bar resides in Arizona and is made of fir, and the third and final back bar is made of mahogany.
The Ghost Ranch back bar is the mahogany bar that was originally thought to have been destroyed in the fire. This was the showcase back bar built by Brunswick Balke Collender Company in 1893 and was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair to demonstrate the type of product that Brunswick Balke Collender Company was creating for bars, saloons, and bordellos during that time in America’s history.
After its exhibition at the World’s Fair, the mahogany bar was sold and moved via wagon to the Missouri River, where it was then barged up the Missouri to the Yellowstone River, before finally reaching its new home in Miles City, Montana. The mahogany’s new home was a bordello located in the heart of Miles City and it remained there until a fire destroyed a large part of downtown. Even though many buildings were destroyed, the back bar was saved. It was again used in another historic saloon in Miles City for many years until another fire destroyed that building. The back bar was saved again and was placed into storage for 50 years before being brought to Ghost Ranch for all to see and enjoy.
Our Steamboat Springs based venue team has multiple years of customer service and event planning experience. Ghost Ranch believes in providing a venue of elegance and historical value while committing to customer service excellence, and the most memorable of Steamboat experiences.
Ghost Ranch Steamboat is proudly partnered with Steamboat Meat & Seafood for all catering needs. Steamboat Meat & Seafood brings over 30 years of catering to the Yampa Valley, by offering a unique gourmet experience to all!
All catering quotes are specific to each event’s personal requests and needs.