The New Atlas Bar in Columbus,
been servin’ up a brewsky or two for almost one hundred years. Built
in 1906, this old
doesn’t advertise itself as historic or museum-like, in fact it doesn’t
advertise at all. It just "hangs out” like it always has, much like the 60
plus animal mounts adorning the walls of this old tavern.
Catering mostly to the locals
around Columbus, you’ll usually find just two or three people at the long
bar, including Mel Gibson, on at least one occasion, who owns a nearby
When you first
enter this old place there’s a small room that was reserved for women in
the old days, as they weren’t allowed in the main bar.
Two mammoth bars stand beneath the pressed tin ceiling,
one of which was transported from a defunct
Amongst the other original furnishings, you will also see a
smattering of small stuffed creatures hanging or displayed in the old
tavern, including a two-headed calf in a glass case.
Don’t go getting’ fancy when entering this old
as the dress code pretty much calls for Levi’s and cowboy boots.
And, don’t get any ideas about playing
outlaw at this old place, or the " Montana
Vigilantes” will be on your tail in no time, just like they were
recently on August 1, 2004. Reportedly, two
Dakota would be
outlaws decided to try their hand at robbing this old
saloon. Entering the old bar around 2:00 a.m. on August 1st
carrying a hand gun and a rifle, they soon tied up the bartender and
the three late night patrons, escaping through the back door with an
undisclosed amount of cash.
In no time at all, the captives unloosened themselves
from the bandits’ poor bondage attempts, and chased the robbers
through the door taking pot shots at the rear end of their red Buick. Soon, the
Highway Patrol took chase, apprehending the two. Now facing
charges of aggravated kidnapping and felony robbery, the pair are
potentially looking at the rest of their lives behind bars.
Saloon, as well as the rest of
Montana, "would be" bandits
should be advised to leave their six-shooters and their
Montana is about 45 miles
west of Billings on I-90.
New Atlas Bar
528 E Pike Ave
of America, updated January, 2009.