Said to be the first brick building in Red Lodge, the Pollard Hotel was constructed in 1893 as the Spofford Hotel. Nine years later, Thomas F. Pollard bought the building and renamed it after his family. Pollard expanded the hotel and added amenities to draw customers. The hotel continues to operate, having served some of Red Lodge's most colorful visitors.
As seems to be the case with many old hotels, the Pollard has seen its fair share of ghost stories. Guests and employees have described both male and female apparitions. One, a man dressed in 1920s clothing, is said to hang out near the bar and play pranks. A woman in a yellow dress is said to leave behind the scent of perfume. Staff have described strange noises and lights that turn on and off in the basement.