Backroads of Montana

Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS.

Polaris to Joliet (No. 103)

First Aired Friday, May 01, 1992

Host William Marcus takes us to the Polar Bar in Polaris, to an archaeology dig in the Ruby River Valley, to a family ranching operation near Joliet, along for a sleigh ride near Victor, to view Ippisch's Nativity near Nine Mile School, to Bannack (Montana's first capital), and to the Double Arrow Ranch in Seeley Lake. 

Program Updates

The Polar Bar in Polaris was one of those places that we discovered on our way to someplace else.  We returned to do that story just in time. Walt Melcher, the gritty cowboy who entertained his guests with the songs of his youth sold the bar’s liquor license and closed up shop soon after our visit.  Walt died in June of 1997.  He was 91.  The Ippisch Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast closed and Les Ippisch died in the summer of 2005.  The Bed & Breakfast has reopened under new management.  They plan to reinstate the Christmas sale in 2006.