Today is a good day to discuss the story of one of our historic buildings in Altenburg. Nowadays, the building is usually just called “The Mud”.
The first record I can find of this building’s use was as Weber’s Hardware Store. I do not know exactly when it was built, but in 1900, it was already in use as the hardware store as indicated on this 1900 postcard.
After World War II, this building went through the transition to become a tavern. In the 1940’s, it was called “Johnny’s Place” and was run by John Voepel.
Johnny is the man on the left in the photo. Antique collector’s will drool over the possibility of owning the signs shown in either one of these photos.
The tavern has had several names over the years. Presently, it is called the Mississippi Mud Saloon and it looks like this today.
Many years ago, if you went in the red door shown above, it would take you up some stairs which led you to the dental office of Dr. Edward Lottes who was the dentist for this region for many years, beginning about 1915. I know of at least one of our locals who describes that stairway as being the “Stairway to Hell” because of his aversion to visiting that dentist.
Today is a good day to talk about this building for two reasons. First, probably for the first time in this building’s history, the present owner is going to try operating the establishment with a no smoking policy. This will be a trial which begins today.
Secondly, as I write this blog, it is a Wednesday. Wednesday is “Liver and Onions Day” at the Mud. Tonight, their special meal consists of liver & onions, mashed potatoes, and green beans or corn. If you add a beer, you can have all that for $9.00. That is a deal that’s hard to beat. And for the time being, you can now eat that meal in a smoke-free environment.
I may regret this, but as I have suggested in the past with other stories, I would love to hear of the experiences you have had in this building……if you remember them.
***UPDATE: I have been informed that The Mud has changed their food specials. Here is a updated list for today. The next Liver & Onions night will be September 28th.