PONY MONTANA HISTORY
 IF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A HOUSE TO BUY OUTSIDE THE RAT RACE OF BOZEMAN OR OTHER PLACE, THERE ARE A FEW HOUSES/PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN PONY, MT, HERE ARE A COUPLE LINKS FOR THESE HOMES:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Broadway-Ave-Pony-MT-59747/2081356275_zpid/?
This house was built in 1988 to look like the old buildings of the mining era of Pony Montana days, the inside is up-to-date and modern, on 1/2 acre and ready to move into.

Other Pony, MT Listings Here:
https://www.zillow.com/homes/PONY,-MONTANA_rb/





Join the Pony Homecoming Club

The Pony Homecoming Club was established in 1961 to provide a sense of community for Harrison, Pony, Norris and surrounding areas, and to preserve the historic buildings in Pony, Montana.
Donations are always welcomed to help preserve the buildings of this great town!
The Pony Homecoming Club is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), which means that your donations are tax deductible.
Join the Pony Homecoming Club by sending a check for Membership Dues ($10/person) & Donations to:
Pony Homecoming Club, PO Box 654, Pony, MT 59747

2020 RENTAL PRICES

PONY GYM           $200        DEPOSIT    $100
PONY PARK         $100        DEPOSIT    $100
PONY CHURCH   $100        DEPOSIT    $  50

The rental period is for the weekend, which provides time for setup, the event, and cleanup.  Deposits are usually refunded 10 days after the event.  Call Brian Rumsey, 685-3488 for more information.


2020 EVENTS


SATURDAY, (May 23, 2020)
ANNUAL PONY FIDDLE FEST
The annual Pony Fiddle Fest will be held on May 23, 2020 at the Pony Gym.  It all starts at Noon with workshops for fiddle, banjo, guitar, & ukulele.
An informal jam session will also run thru the afternoon.
At 5:00 PM there is a potluck dinner, with the Montana Old Time Fiddlers providing burgers & hot dogs.
Starting about 6:00 PM, the Fiddlers will present a concert that generally lasts till 9:00 PM.
The Fiddle Fest is put on by District 3 of the Montana Old Time Fiddlers Association and the Pony Homecoming Club.
This is a great community Event - Free to the Public
Come out and join the celebration, hear some great music, and support the preservation of Old Time Music.


SATURDAY, (JUNE 20, 2020)
15th ANNUAL Horseback Poker Ride
Pony Homecoming Club Fund Raiser
Saddle up the horses and put on your poker face!
Held at: SITZ ANGUS RANCH
7 Miles West of Harrison on Norwegian Creek Road
Physical Address: 37 Sitz Road Harrison, MT 59735
Look for signs!
Poker ride is sponsored by the Pony Homecoming Club.
Registration for the Poker Ride is 8:30-9:30AM at the trail head site.  Ride to start between 9:00 - 10AM. Approx. 10 mile trail ride.  $30 for one poker hand, ride and lunch. Extra hands available ($10).   Must be 18+ for poker hands. Children ride for Free; Lunch $5 per child (under 10); Lunch $10.00 per adult (if not riding) & children over 10.
Plenty of room for parking your trailers! No dogs allowed on the ride or in the food area.
Remember to carry a bottle of the Stop Horse Colic product   (www.StopHorseColic.com) in your saddle bags!


SUNDAY, (JUNE 28, 2020)
PONY TROT  FUN RUN
5K & 10K RUN
Event Details: The Pony Trot races take place in beautiful Pony Montana. Courses are a bit hilly with stunning views.
Sign up ahead at www.racemontana.com or on race day, arrive early enough to get signed up and paid.
Both races are run on dirt roads. The 5K is an out and back and the 10K is a loop.
Starting elevation for both races is 5400 with the 10K peaking out at 6300-ish.
Unique awards are given for each top age group finisher and overall winners.
Snacks and treats are provide at the finish. Race starts and ends at the Pony Park (next to the post office)
Both races start at 8:00 am
Starting time for 10K walkers 7:30 am
Strollers welcome, but leave your pooch at home.



REMEMBER TO BOOK YOUR EVENT EARLY.
PONY, MONTANA HAS BEEN DISCOVERED,
AND PEOPLE LOVE TO COME AND GET MARRIED,
HOLD SCHOOL REUNIONS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ETC.
THE WHITE CHURCH, PONY PARK, AND PONY GYMNASIUM ARE AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR YOUR FUNCTIONS.


These buildings get rented fast, so reserve your spot now before the rush! Rent out our beautiful 100+ year old church!!
Church is available for weddings, spiritual gatherings, small group meetings, seats approximately 50 people.
Have your wedding in the church & your reception in the Pony Gym or the Pony Park in the beautiful setting of Pony, Montana!
The Pony Park is also available for special occasions, receptions, meetings, etc.
Rent the Pony Gymnasium for meetings, receptions, whatever your need.  Tables & Chairs are furnished.
You will need to reserve the Pony Park ahead of time to guarantee that your tables will be available.

The Pony Park is open to the public every day, unless reserved.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!   Pony Homecoming Club Facebook Page


Pony Homecoming Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 6 PM at the Pony Gym, for the monthly meeting (April thru October).

Please come join us and make your voice known.   Everyone is welcome at these meetings!

Come & join us for our fun-filled fund raisers, such as: FiddleFest Jam; Pony 5K; 10K Race, Pony Poker Ride 

We can always use the help and look forward to you helping support the preservation of this historic town.
 
Support your local Pony community, become a member,
join the Pony Homecoming Club, only $10 per person per year!

Thank you for your support!

The Pony Homecoming Club is now a 501(c)(3), which means we have a tax exempt status from the IRS,
which means that all donations can be deducted off your taxes!

Please donate by sending a check or money order to:
Pony Homecoming Club
PO Box 654
Pony, MT 59747


  NEXT PONY DAYS WILL BE IN AUGUST 2022
Here is a bit of history on the town of Pony, Montana and its surrounding area:

Hidden in the Tobacco Root Range of the Montana Rockies is the historic gold mining town of Pony, Montana.

It languishes in the beauty of the Deer Lodge National Forest at the base of Hollowtop Mountain.  Less than one hundred families live in Pony today.  It's hard to imagine that during the gold prospecting days, over 5,000 people lived here.

In 1860-1870, settlers coming west for the gold rush found this beautiful spot.  One was a man named Tecumseh Smith, nicknamed 'Pony' because of his small stature.

Gold mining in Pony between 1870-1880 was profitable.  Five million dollars in ore was taken out.  An eastern syndicate believing a large deposit of ore was high grade, built a 100-stamp processing mill.  The ore body turned out to be low grade and consequently the massive mill never turned a wheel.   The historic 'brick office', assay office, is still standing and part of the town's character. 

The twenty stamp mill was erected in 1883 by Henry Elling, a Virginia City, Montana entrepreneur who invested in land and mines in and around Pony.  All that remains of the mill is the foundation and one side wall, constructed of stone.

Downtown Pony, the old Isdell Mercantile Co. building still stands.  At one time, fourteen clerks were employed there.  It was built of stone in 1880 and in its early days housed a school, post office and accommodated town meetings.

The Pony Hotel still stands, although stripped of its brick veneer. In its day it had unique furnishings and was last used in 1958.

The Morris Bank boasts beautiful brick construction and is located at the corner of Pony Street and Broadway.  It was an active place in the early days of Pony and the building at one time housed not only the bank, but the U.S. Post Office, a barber shop as well as doctors and lawyers.  The bank fixtures were typical old west iron teller's cages and arched windows.

Pony Public School sits on the hill overlooking the valley and was once considered one of the finest.  It was built in 1902 for $10,000 and the gymnasium was built in 1920.  In 1943, the high school was closed. The grade school closed some years later.  The buildings are still used today for reunions, weddings and social functions.

Another brick building, on Broadway, is the Masonic Hall.  Many tourists stop to snap pictures on the unique cast iron front.  The lower part was a community dance hall, and is still used for the Masons' meetings, and also as a Senior Citizen Center.

Three churches were built, a Presbyterian (in 1894) which is in use today, an Episcopal (in 1903), built of a cut stone with imported stained glass windows costing $7,000 (also in use today) and a Catholic church, which was moved away.  Another attraction off of Broadway, is the city jail, a solid stone structure with the iron bars still on the windows.

Long gone are numerous businesses, a creamery, two Chinese laundries, a Chinese restaurant, real estate offices, hat and tailor shops, a blacksmith shop, rooming houses, a movie house and an electric power plant.  At one time, there were twelve saloons, a slaughter house on the outskirts of town, a music band and a baseball team.  Pony's main claim to fame is that it had electricity before New York City.

In 1920, a tragic fire swept through the main part of town.  It destroyed the livery stable and many other buildings. The Morris State Bank and the Masonic Building survived.

At one time, three brick yards operated in Pony, resulting in many beautiful brick homes. Many of these Victorian homes are enjoyed and lived in today.

Pony is listed as a ghost town and tourists come from all parts of the country to walk the streets, take pictures, explore the old trails and mines or just enjoy the clean air, brilliant blue sky and majestic mountains. In the spring, the hills are full of color from wild flowers.

The Tobacco Root Mountains and surrounding areas are familiar grounds for the elk, moose,
deer, antelope, bear and mountain lion.   And the bird hunting is great too: duck, geese, quail, turkey,pheasant, and more.

There are two trailheads, Albro Lake and Hollowtop Trail, at the end of the road of Pony, Montana.  Many people hike to Hollowtop, where there is a "sign in box" for people that have made the approximate 6 hour hike to Hollowtop Mountain!  The trout fishing in the high mountain lakes is super, with the golden trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.  Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for education, hunting and fishing guidelines.