As a young child, author Paul Snyder became intrigued with his local establishment’s large ornate backbar. This led him to delve further into researching backbars, the backbone of Montana’s historic watering holes. Their history, artistic woodwork, and the bars they graced. He felt compelled to capture as much history―and many photographs―as possible of the backbars remaining. These backbars influenced and are part of the development of Montana even before it became a state. They remain a combination of mystery and history in the transformation of Montana into statehood. This book takes a close look at these beautiful, often overlooked, silent witnesses to Montana’s history.

• Filled with hundreds of contemporary and archival images of bars, backbars, and their Montana settings

• Reveals the story of the art and architecture of Montana’s watering holes in the context of Montana history

• Features rare and unusual bars and bar interiors from around the Treasure State

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sweetgrass Books (May 1, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1591522811
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1591522812
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.9 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches