Most Advertised Roadside Attraction: 50,000 Silver Dollar Inn
Last month I went on a road trip to Montana to stay in a rustic cabin for a few nights. On the way there and back I saw MANY signs for the 50,000 Silver Dollar Inn. When I say many, I mean MANY!
Needless to say, upon returning from our fabulous cabin stay, we stopped for the night at Lincoln’s 50,000 Silver Dollar Inn in Haugan Montana. I was done with the snow.
We checked in with a lady who was knitting a hat, I asked if there was a pool. There’s no. However, there is a fairly large gift shop and two casinos.
After arriving in our room, I was ready to explore! Look what I found, the casino and the bar, and some friends!
And, there are so many silver dollars! Why the hell are there so many here?
According to a page in the motel book:
Lincoln’s $50,000 silver bar began in 1951, when Gerry and Marie Lincoln moved from Libby, Montana to Alberton. They built a little bar two miles west on I-90 and named it “Cherry Springs.” They settled in and realized that people needed a reason to stop, an attraction, and they had an idea!
At that time, local customers (loggers and miners) were paid in silver dollars. On October 1, 1952, Gerry cut a round hole in the top of the bar, stuck a silver dollar through it, and inscribed his and Marie’s name underneath. The idea caught on!
They are still adding the coins! Thus, the bar, the casino and the motel at 50,000 silver dollars!
My only wish is to have left a silver dollar. The next time.
Have you ever stopped at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar?