By the 1870s it had grown up to become a stopover on the Chisholm Trail, going up to the Kansas railheads.A decade later, it was still wrestling with respectability, reflected most clearly in its public entertainments.Burgower and company ran a modest operation built around a bar, some pool tables and a short-order kitchen.
Most gentlemen’s saloons (there were other types, too) would not serve proper ladies and frowned upon the other kind of women hanging around the premises.
The White Elephant name was such a familiar one to Texans in its day that it could have been a franchise.
It took less than a year for the Jewish partners to realize they possessed a white elephant in the pejorative sense of the term.
The pedigree of the White Elephant at this time was pure workingman’s saloon.
It also won a different type of fame as the site of the famous shootout between Luke Short and Timothy I. The Fort Worth establishment began as a simple eatery, opened by F. Within a year, the White Elephant reopened as a ‘Saloon and Billiard Parlor’ with a small restaurant attached.