Montrose Mining Company
and the bars at 805 Pacific Street
the closing of EJ's at the end of June, 2014, the Montrose Mining Company
became Houston's oldest gay bar,
and that reign ended September 8, 2016, after over 38 years.
courtesy of Doug Barnes, late 1980s
It opened 3/25/78, but there's gay bar history at the 805 Pacific Street
location before that. In January 1977
Uncle Charlie's opened as a combination restaurant and bar, though its
ads gave the impression the restaurant
part was phased out as it later billed itself as "Houston's Newest
Cruise Bar," and it lasted just over a year.
But before that....ads in gay publications in February 1975 showed the
Pacific Street Station at that address,
not sure if it stayed in business until Uncle Charlie's took over the
space. And, there is one more, by late 1970
The Tattooed Lady was in that location. Again, unsure if it remained
until the opening of Pacific Street Station.
If anyone has additional early history, please
let me know. Here
they are in order...
information is from the publication The Nuntius (1970 to ~1976), and
I have actually seen
very few issues of it, so I am piecing the info together. It was not
mentioned in the Sept 1970
issue, but was in Feb 1971. As it is often hard to document when a bar
closed, all I can
determine at the moment is that a new bar was at the location in August
1975. I can tell you
that no bars were listed at that location in the last issue of The Albatross,
of the outside is from the gay travel magazine Ciao, 12/74, so considering
times for articles like that, the club was open probably several months
before that date.
And at least at the time of the second ad (8/13/75), Pacific Street
Station was a show, or drag bar,
and shown are some very popular performers, like Tiffany Jones, Torchy
Lane and Eartha Kitt.
I do not know if the bar continued in operation up until Uncle Charlies
opened in January 1977.
This club is not to be confused with the bar Pacific Street that opened
later at 710 Pacific,
which at that time was the site of The Barn.
in January 1977 got good coverage in This Week in Texas,
over just a few months the focus changed to being a cruise bar. The
club was short-lived, closing in March 1978.
Montrose Mining Company
of an iconic bar in Houston, opening March 30, 1978 and closing September
Parade Entry, 1983
Parade Entry, 1984
Parade Entry, 1985
Montrose Mining Company & JRs, in 1986 Pride Parade
an error in the announcement, as the club was open for 38 years
renovation 9/15/18...patio gone
below, 4/18/18, photos by Gary Jackson
below by JD Doyle, 5/2/19
photo by Jenn
trivia you might not notice....for the Postino's street sign...
it's a definite nod to where they are, and simply says "Montrose,"
done deliberately in the same font as the first gay bar there,
The Tattooed Lady, early 1970s
Mining Company Owners
1986 Charles Armstrong bought the Houston clubs Montrose Mining Company,
JRs and Heaven from Frank Cavin. Heaven is now called South Beach, and
Meteor was also acquired later (closing in June 2016). Armstrong was
Pride Male Grand Marshal in 1989.