Greater Yellowstone Furniture and Designs was chosen as a name because we resource the barnwood from this area. We use recycled barnwood and harvest dead trees for our furniture. The beauty of this area is world class and it is a wonderful place to live and work.
We, my wife Nancy and I, are very
fortunate to be able to live in one of the most beautiful places in the
world in our opinions. I enjoy my woodworking, so designing and
building furniture and picture frames is a pleasure, especially in such
a beautiful setting as Pony, Montana.
We also lovingly take down old buildings and barns and use that old wood to make the picture frames and table tops. The old log cabins that we take down and then restack onto other pieces of property is one of our favorites. Lots of people burn these old log cabins and barns, and it just breaks our hearts to see that. But, the log cabins and old barns that we can save, we do. Here is a picture of a log cabin that we bought from the owners so that they would not burn it. We did not know where we would restack it, but we knew the cabin would be born again. And, now it has a new home on 80 acres, along a creek, and in its new life is going to be a fishing cabin. No, it is not finished yet, but for many years to come, it will have a new purpose. That in itself is so rewarding!! A wonderful sight!!
Here is a little history on the town of Pony, Montana and its surrounding area:
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.
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
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. The 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