The Old Saloon first opened in 1902 to service the rail line passing through the Paradise Valley en route to Yellowstone National Park. Emigrant, MT was the halfway point on the journey from Livingston to Yellowstone and with the depot located directly in front of the Old Saloon, it became a perfect pit stop for the wary traveller. The rail was also used for agricultural and mining transportation. This brought the cowboys, miners, and tourist all to the bar at the Old Saloon. A tradition that continues today. The Saloon burnt down and was quickly rebuilt in 1907 by Abe Armstong. The back bar is the original bar Abe purchased in St Louis and had hauled by steamboat up the Missouri. That original bar still serves it’s original purpose over 100 years later. Prohibition would close the Old Saloon in 1920 and it would not open again until 1962 when Abe’s son Elmer reopened it. The addition of the Livery Stable, which was built from an actual stable dragged down the hill in the 70’s and attached to the Old Saloon, made the venue a full service restaurant and bar. The bar and restaurant has passed ownership a number of the times since the 1960’s and most recently purchased by a group of friends who have all spent countless hours partaking in the offerings of The Old Saloon. They are poised to add their stories to the long lineage of ownership. A major remodel to ensure The Old Saloon lasts another 100 years was tackled and we are ready for a new era.
From the hard working ranch hand, to the tourist passing by heading to Yellowstone, to the celebrity living in their Paradise Valley hideaway, The Old Saloon still attracts all types of guests who intermingle seamlessly. The Old Saloon was built on great stories and is an iconic fixture in Montana and the Paradise Valley. It is one of a kind and the last of a dying breed. Come experience Montana how it used to be and make your own story!