Toriginal Bent Elbow was built in 1907 and opened as Fattor's Tremount Saloon. It was home to a bordello upstairs with fourteen beds and was owned by Celeste and Matilda "Big Tillie" Fattor. Numerous owners followed Big Tillie. In 1968, after the building was bought by Effie and her husband, R.M. "Snarky" Andreatta, it was completely destroyed by fire. Effie was a resourceful and enterprising woman, who proceeded to move the Bent Elbow next door into the neighboring Monte Carlo Mercantile which the Andreattas also owned, before the first train of the following season. When Snarky died in 1972, her son Mike Andreatta joined the business and continued to run it until it was sold to the current owners, LeAnn and Pete Maisel.
The Bent Elbow is located in the historic gold and silver mining town of Silverton, Colorado and takes you back in time to the wild era when Silverton was brawling and rowdy with its round-the-clock gambling, drinking and dance hall girls. Silverton is a slice of heaven during each season of the year.
Whether you are a hiker, wildflower aficionado, skier, history buff, jeeping guru, lover of Victorian architecture, mining enthusiast, or just a traveler, Silverton has so much to offer for a day, a week or longer.
Remember, you can stay in Silverton and ride the train to Durango and return to Silverton via bus. And Silverton is also an incredible wedding destination, combining a spectacular mountain setting in any season, affordable accommodations for all your guests, a full compliment of facilities, services, music and catering. The Bent Elbow offers it all under one roof!
Our spacious dining room is located on the main floor of The Bent Elbow and is open from May through October, serving a full lunch and dinner menu. We also have a full bar and live entertainment on a regular basis.
Annual Silverton Skijoring Event: Silverton residents, Pete Maisel and Rob Conaty, brought this great annual event to Silverton in 2010. The event drew riders, skiers and audience from Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Montrose, Ridgway and Grand Junction, as well as from the Red Mountain Pass communities of Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose and beyond.
During the first year the audience was around 300 people and has been showing substantial growth every year with 2015 being the biggest most successful Skijoring to date. From all appearances, there was well over a couple thousand people attending the 2015 races. The 2016 event promises to show even more growth, as it's popularity increases.
The Bent Elbow is the official headquarters for the annual Skijoring event. T-shirts and caps are for sale inside the Bent Elbow, as are your favorite beverages!