Legendary Bar has 100 years of History

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge

“I swear, you could make a made-for-TV movie with the stuff that comes out of this place.”

Butch Bates, the day shift bartender at legendary Preston’s Bar in Grand Ledge, excused himself as he greeted his co-worker with a and bear hug. The bar just celebrated its centennial in 2014. “The best thing about this town, and bar, is that no one has a real name,” said Bates. “I guess Grand Ledge is a cliquey town. I feel like people might be intimidated when they come in here.