By DAVID SWEARINGEN
STEPHENVILLE (July 24, 2016) — Now located in Bluff Dale, the building housing The Greenwood Saloon has as interesting a history as the characters who now own, operate, play music or frequent the bar as customers.
The Greenwood Saloon hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night and also on Sunday afternoons beginning at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows typically cost a $5 cover charge, while Sundays usually mean no cover charge. The building is filled with history, nostalgia and even a bar made partly of an old piano. But it wasn’t always in Bluff Dale, nor was it always in Erath County.
The building housing The Greenwood Saloon was originally a mercantile store at Chalk Mountain, in far eastern Erath County, in 1897. In 1920, it was moved to Glen Rose and transformed into a grocery store, steam cleaner and barber shop. Eventually, in 2002, it was moved to Bluff Dale, but not at its current location. That move didn’t come until 2005, and it was later shut down for 14 months.
But in October of 2015, new owner Bryan Newton reopened the bar with big plans for bringing live music to the small Erath County community. Now also co-owned by Julie Neuneker, The Greenwood Saloon is a friendly bar hosting musicians mostly hailing from this area but also including guests visiting from as far away as New Mexico.
Performing Saturday evening was Dakota Drummond and friends, who rocked Bluff Dale with some of their own tunes as well as hit cover song or two. They were well accepted by the crowd.