Boon's Treasury has a rich Salem history. The building was originally built in 1860 by John D. Boon, to be a general store and Oregon territory (changing to state) treasury office. Later it evolved into a trading post with an upstairs community hall, then a post prohibition era beer parlor and now a McMenamin's public house. Seems it's always been a local gathering place and when you walk in the door you know you're in a building steeped in history.
This undated photo is from the Salem Library's Oregon Historic Photograph Collections. The house beside Boon's is the residence of Harry Kelly.
Four of us were able to make room in our schedules to meet for happy hour at Boon's. The draw? Where else can you get an order of cajun tots ($1), 3 turkey cranberry sliders ($5) and a pint of beer ($3) for $9? And my meal wasn't the best happy hour deal of the group. The Garden Burgers are only $3 from 3 PM to 6 PM. Oh and did I mention the included wifi?? (although electrical outlets are scarce, I understand)
We sat and enjoyed each other's companionship and conversation. If it weren't for homework and other obligations, we might have stayed and visited and shared experiences even longer--even with that wobbly table.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m to 1 a.m.
Sunday, 12 noon to 11 p.m.
888 Liberty St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97301