Little Annie’s |

Little Annie’s

M. John FayheePhotos by Mark Fox

Little is known about this little gem of a back bar.

General manager Rohn Fleming has tried to hunt down previous owners to get the straight story, to no avail.

The bar boasts a couple of seemingly hand-carved columns, framed by two pieces of stained glass. But the best-known part of Little Annie’s’ back bar takes the form of decoration, rather than integral component. It is an old flintlock, which, according to Fleming, has a story of its own.

“I don’t know if this is true, but it sure sounds good,” says Fleming. “Supposedly, the gun came to Aspen from the Navajo reservation by way of a trader. The Indian who owned the gun was put in jail because he knocked all the front teeth out of a town marshal’s mouth with the butt of the gun. The trader’s brother was the marshal who put the Indian in jail, so the trader got the gun from his brother.”

It’s not known whether the marshal who arrested the Indian was the same marshal who had his dentition altered by the gun’s butt, and it is not known how the gun went from the trader’s possession to Little Annie’s’ back bar. But that’s the story Fleming has, and, by gollies, we’re sticking with it.All attempts to convince the powers that be at Little Annie’s to let me discharge the weapon were rebuked.

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