By Andi Bourne

Keeping the History of the Blackfoot Alive


September 14, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Ovando Historical and Arts Society President Barb McNally is working on a "Ranching in the Blackfoot" display to show the evolution of ranching in the area.

OVANDO – Ovando's Brand Bar Museum is filled with stories and items as colorful as its past. Situated in the heart of Ovando, what was a bar for nearly 100 years is now home to historical treasures from the Blackfoot Valley and host to numerous revolving displays that promote interaction with the local history.

The building was built in the late 1890s. Henry Dixon and Charlie Young opened the saloon named "Bucket of Blood" in 1897. It was renamed the Double Diamond, Brand Bar Saloon and Trixi's before transitioning to a gift shop. The building was donated to the community in the mid-1990s...

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