Pony, Montana
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Seldom is a town named for a man whose name no one could remember. Such is the case with Pony, Montana. He wasn’t even five feet tall. He had done nothing for which others should remember him or his name. He would pan enough gold to survive and move from camp to camp in the hope of finding his bonanza. He did at a site in a small creek bed just below Old Hollow Top Mountain sometime during the late 1860s. He found a partner and together they worked their claim. Apparently not given to steady work, he moved on. But nobody knew his name. All anyone remembered was that he responded to the name “Pony” given his small size. Although vanished to other parts, he left his nickname attached to what would become a booming mining town. It lasted until 1922 when all the mines were closed. If you’re in the neighborhood, take time to visit Pony. 
Submitted by Henry Chenowith.

The mines were not all shut down after 1922...the old stamp mill above the old Purdy residence was constructed by the Japanese shortly before World War II. It was torn down and used for the war effort shortly after completion.   Tecumsa Smith was Pony's real name. Legend has it that he was very frustrated with the lack of gold that he was finding ..so he threw his pick and it landed in a patch of wild strawberries..  upon retrieval of the pick he discovered gold where the pick landed that's how the Strawberry mine got it's name.. There are numerous mine sites above town...
Submitted by: Jack green


The population of Pony in 1877 was 300-400, by 1878 it had dwindled to 100, the 1880 Census recorded 87 people, in 1881 a newspaper noted that Pony population had fallen to 50, a boost around 1900 brought the population to around 1000 which coincides with the building of the Fraternity Hall and the School. That was the greatest the population of Pony ever was. By 1910 it dropped to 369 and today it is 188. The exaggerated numbers that have become folklore had more to do with promotion than fact.
Submitted by: Patti McCann (7/3/05)



 

 

Pony, Montana Area Links!

Newspapers:
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana Standard

TV Stations:
KBZK (CBS 7/26) - Bozeman
KTVM (NBC 6/42) Bozeman
KWYB (ABC 18) Butte
KXLF (CBS 4) Butte
Montana PBS Bozeman


Businesses:

Greater Yellowstone Furniture & Design
CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER
BARNWOOD FURNITURE
MADE IN PONY, MONTANA


Mat & Me
Framing & Gifts
107 Broadway Avenue
Pony, Montana
(406) 599-6596

Give us a call or stop in and
 let us help you with all your matting
and framing needs. 


If you would like to stay in Pony, MT for a few days and visit the area, here are a couple places that you can rent by the day, week, month:

www.theponycabin.com
or
www.ponymontanacabin.com

If you have a great story about Pony, Montana, simply contact us and we will include it on this site.

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