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By Zoie Koostra
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Liquid Louie's celebrates 71 years of cocktails and community

 

August 2, 2018

Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder

Valli Bigley, the current owner of Liquid Louie's in Condon, pours drinks at the bar on Sunday, July 22. No one is sure exactly how many owners the bar has had but Bigley said she is the eighth or the ninth.

SWAN VALLEY - Liquid Louie's, Condon's oldest bar, celebrated 71 years full of rich history, warm memories and shenanigans with a party on Saturday, July 28.

The bar had humble beginnings. It was started by Louis and Marian "Mame" Krause in 1947, in a small shack built onto the side of the Krause's log home, according to the Upper Swan Valley Historical society and archived interviews with Mary Lou Krause Wilhelm, one of the Krause's daughters.

In the small "beer parlor," benches lined the walls and a galvanized tub sat full of ice and mostly local, Montana-brewed beers. That little shack...



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