Montana May 02, 2018
The Unique Village In Montana Where Time Stands Still
The tiny community of Pony sits on the eastern edge of the Tobacco Root Mountains in Madison County. While less than 200 people call it home now, it was once home to about 5,000 gold miners. And even though those days are over, this little village seems to be frozen in time.
It's not every day you hear about a town that was named after a man whose name no one could remember, but that's what happened with Pony.
Pony was the nickname of a man who would travel from camp to camp, panning for enough gold to survive in hopes of striking it rich. He responded to the name Pony because of his short stature (allegedly he wasn't even 5 feet tall). Apparently, the name stuck, because hardly anyone knew his real name was Tecumseth Smith.
But by 1922, the mines were shut down, and Pony eventually became a glorified ghost town.
In 1920, a fire swept through town, but several buildings (like the Morris State Bank and the Masonic Building) survived.
While many of its original structures remain, there are no new businesses in Pony, and that's why it seems as if time stands still here.
Of course, people still love to visit Pony Bar, where the drinks are still flowing.
In Montana, even the ghost towns have bars.
Walking through downtown Pony feels pretty amazing.
There are quite a few beautiful old Victorian-style homes that people still live in.
Pony also happens to be surrounded by some stunning natural scenery.
The Tobacco Root Mountains and rolling hills make beautiful backdrops.
And just a few miles out of town you'll find Potosi Hot Springs, mineral-rich natural springs pools in the middle of nowhere.
Talk about a relaxing retreat.
Have you ever been to Pony? We happen to think
everyone should visit at least once.