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The bar in Sports Shop is the answer for Week 118 of Orofino History Trivia, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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The bar in Norm Erbst Sports Shop. (Photo courtesy of John and Cris Erbst)

The bar at Norm Erbst's Sports Shop was originally in the Dewey Palace Hotel in Nampa. It came "around the Horn" in a clipper ship and was outfitted with a mirror, brass railings and rings for towels. It was made of highly polished dark wood and put together with wooden pegs. At one point, it was purchased for a case of whiskey and a 97 Winchester.

According to John Erbst, Norm's son, the Sports Shop was where the SuddenLink Office is today. It was a working man's bar. In addition to liquor they sold milk shakes, sundaes and other ice cream treats. The shop also sold fishing poles, guns, tobacco and knives.

The walls of the Sports Shop were decorated with all kinds of hunting trophy mounts and antlers. The shop also offered its patrons games like pangini, pool and poker.

The shop closed in the late 1970s and the bar was sold to Dukes in Bellview, WA.

Join in the discovery!

Monday: Was purchased for a case of whiskey and a model 97 Winchester

Tuesday: Came around the Horn on a clipper ship

Wednesday: Was polished and shiny

Thursday: Was once in Nampa's Dewey Palace

Friday: Was in the middle of hunting trophies

Saturday: Had both whiskey and milk shakes on it

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