New Atlas Bar's 100th anniversary

Shown in 2013, the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is set to celebrate 100 years in business with a Saturday bash that includes a program, bluegrass music and a barbecue.

BOB ZELLAR/Gazette Staff

The New Atlas Bar in Columbus will commemorate its 100th anniversary on Saturday afternoon.

Rumored to hold the first liquor license issued by the state following prohibition, the New Atlas Bar is known locally as The Atlas and more commonly as The Dead Zoo. Visitors can see why as they mingle among the 60-plus mounted animals throughout the establishment, including an albino deer atop a piano, and a two-headed calf.

A program about the bar, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will be presented by Dr. Tim Urbaniak, State Historic Preservation Review Board member, at 1 p.m. A tour of the facility led by Penny Redli, executive director of the Beartooth Museum, will follow.

The party will continue at 2 p.m. with bluegrass music by The Rest Home Ramblers, featuring Bill Calovis, Tom Finnicum, Edd Tremblay, Dave Fisher and Dave Nelson. Food, including pulled-pork sandwiches from The Dead Zoo Q, a barbecue joint owner Lars Swanson will soon open at the bar, will also be served.

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The New Atlas Bar is located at 528 E. Pike Ave. in Columbus. For more information, call 406-322-4033.

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