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By Rod Larse
The Journal 

Lind tavern one of the oldest in the state


Last updated 11/17/2021 at 1:24pm

LIND – Slim’s Tavern may be one of the 10 oldest bars in the state, operating under one name in one building.

According to research by Peter Andrijeski of Seattle, original owner Slim Nichols opened the establishment at 101 N. I St. in 1912.

The bar was purchased by the only other owner, Floyd “Skip” Thompson, from the Nichols family in 1975.

Perhaps the most famous of the 10 oldest is The Brick, opened in 1898 in the town of Roslyn.

The Brick served as a backdrop for many scenes in the TV series “Northern Exposure,” which aired on CBS from 1990-95.

But Slim’s had its...

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Reader Comments(1)

rjlarse writes:

Slim's Tavern, Lind and Ritzville are mentioned in the best selling historical fiction novel 'The Cold Millions' by Jess Walter of Spokane. The story centers around labor unions and protests in Spokane in the early 1900's. The book has Slim's in operation in 1910 and earlier, but the Andrijeski research suggests it wasn't opened until 1912. The Cold Millions is available for checkout from the Ritzville Library.


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