Lounge was a popular downtown watering hole for thirty years;
it was located at 11 North Main, next to the Atlas Block. Tracy's
was originally owned by Tracy Carpenter (1906-1976) who also
operated the Red Meadow Bar on Rodney St.
opened Tracy's in 1943, the building had housed a variety of
businesses, including a furniture store, a plumbing and heating
concern, and a Chinese restaurant -- the Golden Dragon.
of Tracy's Bar and Lounge, Probably 1943
A POSTCARD HISTORY, COURTESY OF AUTHOR TOM MULVANEY
CLICK IMAGE ABOVE FOR A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW
thing about this view of Tracy's is the very modest selection
of spirits displayed on the back-bar. Tracy's drinks menu, even
during postwar years, seems quite limited by today's standards
the wisdom of mounting coat hooks so they protrude at eye-level
into a space usually occupied by drunks, but it was a less litigious
At the rear
of the space stands a 1942 Seeburg Hi-Tone jukebox. On the bar
are two Seeburg "Bar-o-matic" units from which patrons
could play the box. The booths probably had similar units. Here's
what the jukebox looked like....
Closed During World War II
was open for less than one year before Tracy Carpenter was drafted.
Carpenter was honorably discharged in less than a year, and returned
to Helena. Tracy's Lounge re-opened on Dec. 16, 1944 after undergoing
remodeling, which included the addition of a new facade.
(1909-1994) and Percy Evans (1908-1991) took over Tracy's in July
of 1947. Their venture was short-lived, however, as their partnership
was legally dissolved in August of 1949.
Resume Management - 1950
Emphasis on "Cocktail Lounge" Atmosphere
COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION CLICK
ON IMAGES FOR BIG VERSIONS IN NEW WINDOWS
1952, Tracy's featured Helena's (and possibly Montana's) first
Sell Tracy's Lounge - 1959
Lounge Drink Menu, 1960
OF KENNON BAIRD
Carl Amundsen (name printed on menu marquee) was featured at Tracy's
from 1959 to 1961. Available newspaper archives show that Amundsen
played in the Valparaiso, Indiana area from 1952-1958. After leaving
Tracy's, he played a few 1961 gigs at other Helena area clubs,
and one in Billings. After that, he disappears from the archives.
Benefit for Ill Bartender
lived until 1972, passing away in Raymond, Nebraska. I find no
further mention in the archives of his crippling illness. R.I.P.
Last Big Hurrah - New Years Eve 1971
of 1972, Tracy's liquor license was transferred to Mr. Lucky's,
which was opening in the old Colonial
Club building that had been moved from its original location
on 11th Avenue to a lot near the old airport terminal.
Demolished by Urban Renewal - 1975
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