Five Famous People Who Set Foot Inside Bismarck’s Peacock Alley
Opened in 1933, downtown Bismarck's Peacock Alley is North Dakota's oldest bar and was once a part of the famed Patterson Hotel, which hosted many famous guests over the years.
Upon opening its doors on New Year's Day in 1911, the Patterson immediately became known as the luxurious place-to-be in North Dakota.
Politicians, athletes, and many others made stops at the Patterson Hotel and Peacock Alley during its heyday. Here are five of the most famous, according to Peacock-Alley.com.
Commonly referred to as JFK, John F. Kennedy was the 35the President of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November of 1963.
The Cuban Missle Crisis, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the establishment of the Peace Corps all took place during Kennedy's presidential tenure.
Being an amateur boxer himself, Patterson Hotel impresario Edward Patterson had a lot of boxer friends, including the legendary Joe Louis.
Nicknamed 'The Brown Bomber,' Louis held the world heavyweight championship from 1937 to 1949.
The International Boxing Research Organization ranked Louis as the greatest heavyweight of all-time, according to Wikipedia.
It should come as no surprise that the 'Cowboy of the Dakotas,' Theodore Roosevelt, once visited Bismarck's Patterson Hotel.
Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, an office he held from 1901 to 1909.
He is the only person to have a national park named after him, which is, of course, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
Another boxer on the list of famous people that spent time at Bismarck's Patterson Hotel and Peacock Alley is Jack Dempsey, who held the world heavyweight championship from 1919 to 1926.
Dempsey is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
After the assassination of JFK, who is also on this list, Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the office of the President of the United States. He would remain in office until 1969.
LBJ is one of only four people to serve as both vice president and president.