The Silver Dollar Saloon was built on the cusp between Chinatown and the red light district across the street on Mercury. This building was built by the partnership of Grady and Gay and first served as a saddlery and carriage house.
Main Street was the dividing line between Chinatown and the red light district, but there was substantial interaction between the two districts.
A good example of this interaction is the building attached to the Silver Dollar Saloon on Mercury Street. It was a brothel called The Lucky Seven, which also served as a boarding house for Chinese.
Another example of this interaction was that about two-thirds of the business for noodle parlors in the area were for deliveries of hot meals to the nearby Red Light District.
Where the Silver Dollar now stands was the first purchased plot of the newly chartered Butte City. The surveyor, guessing that the plot would become the center of the new city, bought it himself.
He was close. The center of the Uptown evolved two blocks to the north at Park and Main Streets, and the Silver Dollar’s location became the edge of the commercial district.
Today, the Silver Dollar Saloon is one of the most popular watering holes in Butte with live music regularly scheduled that includes some of the most popular bands in the region on their stage.