Calf fries, cowboys and a horse in the bar . . .

An excavator claw takes a bite out of a remnant of the old IOOF Building in Vale after the structure collapsed last week.(Les Zaitz)

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Distinctiveness radiated from the Golden Slipper.

A big buffalo head adorned a wall in the bar.

The exoskeleton of a giant king crab decorated another wall. A large, golden sign in the shape of a high-heeled shoe adorned the outside of the building.

A person could get a good rib eye steak and the best calf fries around at the Welcome Inn, the restaurant next to the Golden Slipper.

And occasionally – and depending on the level of celebration – a cowboy would ride his horse . . .