The George Bauer Saloon at Water Street and M Street SW


George W. Bauer owned a saloon or restaurant on either 7th Street or M Street SW  from 1872-1902.  A close-up of the photo shows two Heurich Lager signs on the front of the building.  Most of the men outside are African-American; that area of Washington was a working class, industrial area in the late 19th century and a center for the city’s black population.  The street sign in front of the building appears to read “Water Street SW” and “M Street SW.” Photo taken between 1918 and 1920.

Source and Copyright

Medium Black and White Photograph
Source Library of Congress
Collection National Photo Company Collection
Number LC-DIG-npcc-00188
Copyright Public Domain
Disclaimer Courtesy Library of Congress