Happiest Hour: Elk Range Lounge 

You never know what you’ll find when you explore small town watering holes in our region. With spring just on the brink (or is it?), it’s time for a little adventure. And we’ve got a good starting place—a bar that you’ve probably driven past many times but at which you never thought to stop.

This week: Elk Range Lounge

Claim to Fame: The bar at Clearwater Junction shares a wall with a convenience store called Stoney’s Kwik Stop & Wildlife Gallery, all of which are located behind a giant plastic statue of a cow on wheels.

Who you’re drinking with: Kenny Price has owned the Elk Range Lounge, Stoney’s and the cow since 1997. He’s a laid-back character who tends bar and chats up the clientele, which includes locals from the Greenough area and staff from nearby tourist ranches like the E Bar L Ranch and the Paws Up resort. He’ll tell you stories about hunting in wild Alaska and about the time in 2001 when a Helena man torched the lounge. And the cow? “It gets shot at every year,” Price says casually.

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