Built in 1871, The Scoot Inn began as a railroad saloon and is the oldest continuously running beer joint in central Texas. In the olden days, weary pioneers would roll their wagons into the Scoot “drive in” for a jug of beer, food and perhaps some ice when available. Many evenings saw pioneers, Luddites, Flat-Heads, drunks, dullards; rough-necks, ranch hands, outlaws, bandits and ladies of easy leisure as well as men in stove-pipe hats, sombreros and derbies filling the barroom with tales of their travels throughout the wilds of the Lone Star State. Later, she catered to locals and the random lookey-loo or passerby. In 1940, Scoot Ivy and his buddy Red opened Red’s Scoot Inn after a long succession of owners who operated even through the Depression and Prohibition. They catered to railroad men and workers who needed a beer after a long journey or after a day’s work at a nearby factory or warehouse. Scoot and Red owned the business until 1980, when they died in their late 70s. Not bad for two old salties. During the next two decades a lot of different folks owned the bar business, each catering to a somewhat different crowd and most hosting some kind of live music. In 2006, the Longbranch Inn acquired the Scoot Inn. Now the two bars are collectively known as the East Inns.