Photo by HABS/HAER 1968, Library of Congress
The corner saloon, originally the Copper King and later the Stockman Bar, developed a unsavory reputation as well. The last proprietor, "Dirty Mouth" Jean Sorenson was charged with homicide for shooting her house mate in 1959 but was found not guilty. The jury believed her claim of self defense. Twenty years later Sorenson again faced a charge of homicide after shooting a customer during a profanity laced argument at the bar. This time she was convicted and sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. She served 3-1/2 years, was pardoned and died in Butte 2 year later.
The Copper Block was torn down in 1991. Officials feared it might collapse and no financially viable proposal for rehabilitation could be found.