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In May of 1878, Thomas J. Wilson opened the first saloon in Fort Collins just west of Collins House on Jefferson Street. He named it Bon-Ton Billiard Hall. This establishment sold wines, liquors, cigars, and the choicest brands of beer. It also had 3 Brunswick and Balke billiards tables for the entertainment of its customers. Due to anti-saloon and anti-alcohol sentiment, Bon-Ton Billiard Hall eventually had to close its doors.


  • Advertisement in the Fort Collins Courier for Bon-Ton Billiard Hall dated March 13, 1879.
  • Advertisement flier for Bon-Ton Billiard Hall, 1880.