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Pony was named for a gold miner in the 1860’s named Tecumseth Smith. He was nicknamed Pony for his short stature and his skill in horse trading.

Pony was developed as a prospector’s camp when quartz gold was discovered in 1875. Pony boasted a bank, a hotel, doctor’s offices, chinese laundries, a baseball team and twelve saloons. At the height of its boom in the early 1900s, the towns’ population was more than a 1,000.

Today there are only about 100 year-round residents. The abandoned buildings and Victorian homes as reminders of when Pony was a leading mining community.


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