The Eureka Saloon began in 1893, started by Benjamin Franklin "B. F." McCracken at the NW corner of 4th and Commercial. It apparently ran until c. 1906; no trace of it is found in the 1910 city directory. McCracken, born near Spear, PA, in 1852, died in Anacortes in 1916; he was a highly respected businessman. "In recognition of the loss the city sustains in his passing and as a tribute to his years of public spiritedness, all business houses were closed Tuesday afternoon during the hour of the funeral." McCracken led an adventurous life and was "a prominent figure in the mining camps of Leadville and Cripple Creek, Co, their booms in 1870s." McCracken's son William "Bill" McCracken was a key figure in the Port of Anacortes, and his son Phil is a renowned sculptor. For additional photos of the saloon, see WF 0194, 0196.
1893 2-23 ANACORTES AMERICAN - "Application for a liquor license by B. F. McCracken who
desires to start a saloon at corner of N and 25th
3-26 -Application for McCracken's saloon approved
1897 8-26 ANACORTES AMERICAN - "Frank McCracken has opened a new saloon on the corner of 5th and P and has the place very handsomely fixed up. It is the finest fitted up saloon in the city and Frank's reputation is an assurance that it will be well looked after."
1900 U. S. Census: Anacortes
Klement, Elizabeth, age 58, widow, hotel keeper (see photo WF 0112)
Son-in-law B. F. McCracken, age 43, "Saloon Keeper"; Grandson, Willie McCracken, age 7
- 1900 Souvenir Anacortes: "Eureka Club: B. F. McCracken, proprietor. Those who enter
the Eureka Club leave care behind, and for a time at least spent their time pleasantly in
pleasant company. The place has been running for nine years under the proprietorship
of B. F. McCracken, who takes pride in the fact that no rowdyism is allowed. In making a
pleasant and popular resort, he is ably assisted by John Kinghorn and J. T. Wall,
numbered among the most popular saloonmen in the county. An original package
barrel rack, at which each customer helps himself, is a feature of the house; all liquors,
wines and smoking goods being particularly high grade." [Note: an "original package"
refers to a quart of alcohol.]
1905 [6-8] ANACORTES AMERICAN: "B. F. McCracken has leased the Eureka Saloon to Breneman and Jennings who will reopen the place for business next Saturday night. The place is
undergoing a thorough renovation and remodeling, the front is being set in and repainted. Mr. Breneman is one of the best known and most popular mixologists in the city."
1906 [9-20] ANACORTES AMERICAN: "3 Saloons order closed" including the Eureka.
Business - saloon
Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk|
McCRACKEN, Benjamin Franklin "B. F." "Frank"
McCRACKEN, Philip "Phil"
McCRACKEN, William "Bill" "Willie" "Will" Sr.
WALL, J. T.
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|