Now that I fulfilled the original goal of this effort to document the Montana historic landscape 30 years after my first attempt in 1984-1985, I want to have fun with many blogs to come, covering themes and places that help to define the Big Sky experience. After covering all 56 counties, there are many ways to start, but the most natural to me is bars and taverns, those community gathering spots that I learned to love, and learn from, all across Montana.
Let’s first just look at and recall Montana’s Mint Bars–they are in every region, and to every taste. Why so many mints–this is far from Mint Julep territory of Kentucky and Virginia. Who cares–I never found one that wasn’t welcoming, and fun.
The Mint Bar in Livingston, above, remains one of my favorite of the “brand” and is part of the downtown Livingston historic district.
The rejuvenation of the Mint Bar in Lewistown, above, is a very pleasant change over the last thirty years.
And last, but not least, the Mint Bar of Froid, up in the northeast corner of the state, in Roosevelt County. Why I like Froid so much, I cannot explain, but I always like going there.