A beer and a shot? Mysterious bullets appear at Snohomish saloon

Mysterious bullets are appearing outside a Snohomish bar that seem to date back decades, if not longer.

SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- While the Silver Bullet is on tap at Stewart's Place in Snohomish, a new drink is being pondered after what's been turning up around the bar.

"Maybe 'The Lead Bullet,'" laughs bar owner Mike Martin. "It'll be a lot of whiskey, and then more whiskey."

Martin was inspecting the exterior of the bar's old brick wall when he looked down and made a discovery in the dirt.

"I found a bunch of old, spent bullets," he says. "Every day since I've found two or three more."

Over the past couple of weeks, Martin has found what appear to be about a dozen bullets lodged in that wall. He has no idea where they came from or how they got there.

"There's a lot of lost history out there and little by little we're finding pieces of it," says Martin.

The building was originally a hardware store, dating back to 1910. It was a time when Snohomish was a logging town; it's streets full of brothels, bars, and hard drinking gunslingers.

"Could've been a drive by with a stage coach," laughs Martin.

What's more, about 14 years ago the previous owner removed a drop ceiling in the bar, exposing another mystery. The original tin ceiling is peppered with dozens of what appear to be bullet holes. While the place wasn't a bar until the 1980s, Martin can't help but wonder if somebody got "loaded" during some sort of  "trigger happy hour."

"Were they angry? We're they bored? It makes you wonder what happened at that time," he says.

Martin hopes someone with ballistics expertise and/or a deeper knowledge of Snohomish history might help him solve the mystery. He's asking anyone with information to call the bar at 360-568-4684.

Until then, it's shots all around.

Copyright 2016 KING


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