Even as the summer season winds down, there’s still plenty to do during autumn in the Headwaters. Pony Bar is a standout when it comes to keeping entertained in this little corner of Montana. Just a few miles down the road from the Sacajawea, outside the town of Harrison, you’ll find the legendary Pony Bar.
As the weather in Three Forks starts to turn colder, and the possibly for gorgeous sunny days mingles with the potential that snow, sleet or rain might be on the docket, you won’t want to mess around when it comes to enjoying a good drink (or three) and still getting home safely.
That’s where the Sac Limo comes in. This classic 1969 Checker Aerobus limo can take you (and up to 11 of your closest friends) where you need to go, in the ultimate style and comfort. Your ride will bring you back to the Sacajawea in luxury whenever your bed beckons.
What You Need to Know About Pony Bar
Pony Bar is a true Montana institution. This divey-est of dive bars is also the friendliest place you could ever visit to toss back a few, and its reputation is far reaching, even landing it in documentaries and news stories for its quirky je ne sais quoi.
One thing is for sure—no one has a bad word to say about Pony Bar. You’ll find locals and visitors from around the world uniting in the tiny mountain town of Pony—located just outside of Harrison at the base of Hollowtop Mountain. Whether it’s the drinks, good company, or that wild west ambiance that permeates every board and shingle, there’s something special to discover in Pony. On any given day, you’ll find an eclectic mix of horses hitched outside alongside trucks and tractors, giving Pony (year-round population, 100) its own unique flavor. Add that vintage Checker Aerobus limo to the parking lot, and no one will bat an eye, although you’ll be sure to turn heads.
The bar is the only business still operational in what is technically a ghost town, and it is truly the beating heart of the community. Inside, find photos and memorabilia plastering the walls, telling a vivid story of days gone by, best enjoyed with a cold one in hand while you savor the local flavor.
Pony’s Wild West History
Like all good Montana histories, Pony’s story starts with the quest for glittering gold. Prospector Tecumseh Smith—nicknamed Pony for his diminutive height—was one of the early settlers in the area, and he ultimately gave his nickname to the town when he came to settle in 1866. Between between 1870 and 1880, gold mining was the business of choice given how profitable it was, with $5 million in ore mined.
Believe it or not, Pony used to be home to more than 5,000 residents in its heyday. As the days wound on to the present, time slowed down just a little in Pony. When you roll up, take in the view from the limo’s back seat. You’ll watch the Tobacco Root Mountains drawing closer, until you’re breezing past Queen Anne–style buildings built in the late 1800s, taking you up to the doorstep of Pony Bar.
How to Get There
While the cheeky address on the bar’s website says that it’s “conveniently located in uptown Pony” and “directions provided if you get lost,” it’s easy to track down this spot two miles west of Harrison. But easier still is that classic ride in a white limo, chauffeured to perfection. Reserve your drive through the Sacajawea Hotel front desk, and get ready to ride wherever the night takes you.
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