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Texas Bar

Texas Bar is a trap­per hut in Lief­defjord, built in 1927 by Hil­mar Nøis and Mar­tin Pet­ter­son Nøis. Several mem­bers of the Nøis fami­ly vom Ves­terå­len in Nor­way spent parts of their lives as trap­pers in Spits­ber­gen, and some of them beca­me famous later. In the late 1920s, the cho­se the Woodfjord-Lief­defjord area as their hun­ting ter­ri­to­ry and built a cou­p­le of huts. Some well-known ones that still exist are the old one in Mus­ham­na and the one at Gråhu­ken, also known as the “Rit­ter-hut”.

Texas Bar is a small hut, just used during long hun­ting trips for shor­ter stays. Today, it is occa­sio­nal­ly used by locals from Lon­gye­ar­by­en who take the long trip to Lief­defjord by boat or snow­mo­bi­le (depen­ding on the sea­son and ice con­di­ti­ons), or by sci­en­tists.

Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, we don’t know why Hil­mar and Mar­tin deci­ded to name the hut after Texas. The­re is pro­bab­ly not a big sto­ry behind it, but it might have been a fun­ny one.

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