White Oaks was once the liveliest town in the New Mexican Territory following the 1879 discovery of gold. But gold made White Oaks, and no gold-and no railroad- broke it. Today, a quiet ghost town, the community is home to a couple dozen maverick residents and the No Scum Allowed Saloon. No Scum Allowed is ranked as one of the top 10 western bars in the country. Don't be fooled by imposters who have copied the name.
The saloon, locally known as the White Oaks Bar, has seen horse races, shoot-outs, and has played host to multi-generation patrons who come for food, drinks, live music, and dance. Owner Karen Haughness is the first woman to oversee the establishment.