Gallup In Like Flynn

28 Jun

Get your kicks on Route 66 … at El Rancho’s 49er Lounge

“The 49er Lounge holds the unique claim of serving both Errol Flynn and his horse, as the two rode right into the establishment one summer afternoon.”

El Rancho was built by “Griff” Griffith, D. W. Griffith’s brother. D.W. helped his brother promote this as a premier place to go for filmmakers of Hollywood westerns.

“Like Errol Flynn who rode his horse into the bar when he wanted a drink, friendly service in a truly Western location is what the 49er Lounge serves up.”

Here’s a video of El Rancho, with a Flynn account of its bar, and a look at his photo upstairs. There’s an Errol Flynn Room, too, though not shown in this video.…

— Tim


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  1. David DeWitt

    June 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Marvelous, Tim! Our blog pal, Steve Hayes, met Errol here when he was seeking US citizenship and trying to run down Errol about his endorsement. This led to some interesting developments with a couple of ladies Flynn was involved with as he did not want them meeting each other! And Steve was pressed into service to help …

  2. Gentleman Tim

    June 29, 2018 at 7:06 am

    The things one has to do for U.S. citizenship!

    This missadventure of Steve’s sounds like it may have involved Errol’s rocky relationships with his princess from Paree, and his future wife no. 3 – when The Baron went a roamin’ on his young Romainian mannequin. It appears that his fancy fiancee didn’t go for the local oysters as much as she enjoyed the escargot in Europa.…


  3. Claudia

    November 13, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Oh, the things you find along the highway……

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Oh, how great is that, Claudia! Thank you for sharing it!

      • Claudia

        November 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        My pleasure, Tim!

        I drove past it a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t get a decent photo. But who needs that when there’s Google Streetview.

        I revisited the El Rancho and the 49ers Lounge and as far as I could see, our man Flynn riding a horse into the bar must be an urban legend – or maybe it was a miniature horse.

        • Gentleman Tim

          November 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

          Glad to see you’re getting some kicks on Route 66, Claudia!
          So cool!

          Rather than riding in on a miniature, perhaps Errol was knocking back shots on a rocking horse. With Flynn, nothing was impossible.