The Pacific Saloon

The Pacific Saloon is one of the original buildings that once faced the Mexican-style plaza around which Hornitos was built. Built of simple adobe construction in 1851, it was then the favorite meeting place of large groups of French miners who were working the area. Samuel McClatchy purchased the saloon in 1862, dolling up the aging building by removing its old canopy and adding the brick trim around the door, windows, and corners. The finished result was so elegant that the miners afterwards referred to it as “The Bank.”