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Unincorporated area
Pony, Montana
Pony, Montana
Country  United States
State  Montana
County Madison
Pony Historic District
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Area 192 acres (78 ha)
Architect H.M. Patterson
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference No. 87001264
Added to NRHP August 4, 1987
Mill at Pony MT
Ore mill in Pony

Pony is an unincorporated community in northeastern Madison County, Montana, United States on the eastern edge of the Tobacco Root Mountains. It includes the 192-acre (78 ha) Pony Historic District, a historic district with 95 contributing buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town gained its name from the nickname of one of its early miners, Tecumseth Smith, a small man nicknamed "Pony" because of his diminutive size.

Settled in the 1860s, in the late nineteenth century, Pony was a prosperous gold-mining community with at least 5,000 residents. Mining operations declined in the early 20th century and all were closed by 1922.

A number of historic buildings from Pony's boom era remain in the old town today. Major buildings are managed, voluntarily, by The Pony Homecoming Club, a non-profit organization that maintains the town's public spaces.

Montana Highway 283 passes through town. It is about 6 miles from Harrison.

Former Montana Lieutenant Gov. Karl Ohs owned a ranch in Pony.

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