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The Snake Pit closes…


Good morning, Netizens...

The Snake Pit is closed.

For several years, Suzie and I have become fond of traveling to Enaville, Idaho to a quaint place affectionately called The Snake Pit, AKA The Enaville Resort, for meals and conversation. During that time we have become fond of Joe and Mary Peak, its co-owners, and become enamored of its history and some of the tall tales associated with its lengthy past.


Established in 1880, over the years the Snake Pit has been a hotel (the Clark Hotel), a restaurant, a bawdy house and bar. Some of the finest tall tales we have heard about the Snake Pit evolved from the mining days, when the ladies of the evening regularly transacted their business upstairs of the bar. Back in those days, before they had indoor plumbing, they had privies out back and water snakes were a regular in the bar.


The Snake Pit has served as a hotel, railroad layover, and . . .a few girls. . Looking at the façade out front, you can see the skull of a bull with horns, and two red light bulbs for eyes.  Guess who was available when the eyes lit up? (The owners didn’t know this until about 1990, when someone mentioned it, and they got up in the attic to find an electric cord running from a switch in the front room upstairs!).

It remains to be seen when or if the Snake Pit will reopen. It is truly a sad time for those who have become fond of the old place.


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