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Guest Editorial: What makes a community

 

January 2, 2019

Gary Cooper in 'High Noon,' a story about a town that hadn't become a community,

Some of the first towns in Montana were Virginia City, Helena and Ft. Benton. In the 1860's these small collections of huts, founded on natural resource extraction or river boat trade to support the gold fields, grew quickly. They evolved from settlements into camps and from camps into towns. The towns all had the same things in common in the early days: saloons, banks, doctors, newspapers, chu...



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