I love every square inch of Montana. But there are a few places I consider The Best of The Best, and The Jersey Lilly Saloon in Ingomar is one of them. You drive & drive and drive east out of Roundup on HWY 12, passing through towns like Melstone, Musselshell & Sumatra on two lanes surrounded by nothing but sky and sagebrush. Then all of a sudden, you see the town of Ingomar—which has a population of maybe 10–from quite a distance. It’s almost like a mirage. And the Jersey Lilly is very much an oasis.
In 1999, I shot my friend Bill Dutton’s 50th birthday party here. I’d met Bill at a branding on the Bill Brown ranch that spring. At most brandings I’d been to, they fried the nuts up on the spot… but these guys were going to freeze them for Bill’s big party in the fall. In September, Bill called to formally invite me to the party (he’s got such a great voice I pulled the tape from my answering machine & saved it!) and my mom and I drove down. It was amazing! It was my third visit to the Jersey Lilly, and I felt like I was going back in time. I shot it in black and white with my Hasselblad, and Eric O’Keefe, the editor of Cowboys & Indians, ended up running an 8-page feature on it. SEE SPREAD HERE (I have a pdf of it, Mike.)
Last August, Bill called me up and invited me to another oyster feed he and his cousin Dave Dutton and their wives were throwing. I went, and this is it. Though the multimedia piece shows a lot, I recommend viewing the extra images on flickr. I had to make brutal editing choices, leaving some of my favorite images out, and flickr can show you what you missed. What a place!
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