Hitting the Road: Pony

2014-06-27T00:30:00Z 2014-07-11T15:44:05Z Hitting the Road: Pony The Billings Gazette

What: Pony

Where is it?: You’ll never stumble on this tiny hamlet without intending to. It’s two miles out of Harrison at the base of the Hollowtop Mountain in the Tobacco Root Range.

What’s the back story?: Prospector Tecumseh Smith’s nickname was Pony because he was small. He first came to the area to stake his claim in 1866 and gave the town his name. Gold mining between 1870 and 1880 was quite profitable and $5 million in ore was mined.

What makes it special?: This tiny community, which is considered a ghost town but does have about 100 residents, has many impressive buildings, including several Queen Anne-style homes and the two-story brick Morris State Bank with typical old West stylings, like arched windows and doors. Most of the town’s structures were built in the 1870s and because their foundations were brick or stone, many are still standing. These days, the only business open in town is the Pony Bar, which serves up some pretty tasty barbecue in the summer.

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