The "sinks" were always out back.
In 1872 the Board of Trustees of Arrow Rock declared D.D. Green's stockyard and the privy behind Levy Brothers Store as public nuisances. The constable informed them of the board's decision and ordered them to clean up. Knee deep mud in the streets, rows of outhouses behind buildings, odors, stench, grime, piles of manure in the streets and lots of flies, those are experiences that don't get translated into Hollywood movies. I know how I look and smell after spending a couple of few days in the woods. Imagine a cow hand on the trail for weeks or months.
The Saloons here were on the second floor of buildings, above regular stores. No swinging doors, just regular doors. I wonder if the swinging door on the front of buildings isn't just a Hollywood invention for added drama when the gunslinger or sheriff steps through with the determined look on their face?
Actually, the swinging doors did exist, but they separated the 'cigar apartment' where you could buy tobacco, 'packaged liquor' wrapped in brown paper--no paper sacks until much later--or a 'growler' of beer, from the saloon proper. The cigar apartment usually also included the owner/manager's office.
Didn't they also lead into the restaurants/cafe area where ladies and or children might be present?
Seemed like I read that somewhere??
Restaurants were nearly always completely separate from saloons. You mix liquor & guns, something bad's gonna happen sooner or later. You didn't want it happening anywhere near where there'd be decent women & kids. About the only 'food' you'd find in a saloon was the 'free lunch,' which had a lot of very salty stuff. That would make you thirsty & you'd drink more as a result. You still find that in bars today--salted nuts, pickled salty sausages, stuff like that--only it's not usually free these days.
I neglected to mention, we don't have second stories anymore after the fire of 1910.