The Salty Dawg Saloon is a well-known landmark on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska.

The Salty Dawg originally was one of the first cabins built in Homer in 1897, soon after the establishment of the town site.[citation needed]

It was acquired in the late 1940s by Chuck Abbott.[citation needed] In 1949 Chuck and his friend Gerald Gifford put the cabin on skids and moved it to the Homer Spit.[citation needed] In April 1957, he officially opened it as the Salty Dawg Saloon.[citation needed] By 1960 the Salty Dawg Saloon had a building adjacent to it, coinciding with The Alaska Territory becoming the 49th state of the union in January 1959.[citation needed]

Earl D. Hillstrand (1913-1974), an attorney, small businessman and member of the Alaska House of Representatives, purchased it in 1960.[citation needed] Although an Anchorage resident, Hillstrand had a homestead near Homer and was in the process of developing the nearby Land's End Resort at the time.[citation needed]

The Salty Dawg Saloon is currently owned and operated by John Warren.[citation needed]

The saloon has been featured on Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel.[citation needed] The bar is known for the thousands of dollar bills signed by visitors and tacked to the walls. This practice started many years ago, when a visitor tacked a dollar on the wall, explaining that his friend would be by later. The dollar was intended for buying the friend a drink.[1]

^ Hicks, Tony (June 29, 2008). "Alaska wildlife, spectacular scenery captivate even children". Contra Costa Times. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2008.
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