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Old 12-13-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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It's this kind of spirit that makes me proud to live in Montana now, and proud to be an American.

If you didn't catch this video- please watch- it's a story put out by the Today show.

Pioneer spirit keeps town from giving up the ghost - TODAY People - American Story with Bob Dotson - TODAY.com
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Awesome, inspiring story. The burg is one of my favorite towns in the state for this reason and others.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:45 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Nice. I wonder how long that superintendent had been around?
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Very nice post Threerun, and you are right, it isn't uncommon here.

Several years ago a blizzard moved in that shut down the highways stranding travelers for several hundred miles. There isn't much out there on the eastern plains, towns are few and far between as are services. There was no place for the refugees from the storm to go. With white out conditions and below zero temperatures, people could have easily died.

But all of those small towns from Glendive to Broadus to Custer to Big Timber all opened up the schools and community buildings for shelters. People opened their homes to take in the travelers. They fed them, sheltered them, gave them a warm safe place to sleep, and never asked for a penny in return.

Just the way it is here. If your neighbor needs help, and you can help them, you do.
Just about every town in Montana has fundraisers for neighbors that lost their homes to fire, or have serious medical conditions. Not all towns are as good at it as Philipsburg, but the spirit is still there.

The original Golden Rule still applies here, that is just one of the reasons this is the Last Best Place
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: SW Montana
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After seeing this on the morning show we have added this to the ever-lengthening "road trip" list.

Very cool!
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Granite County Hospital was one of my clients in one of my past careers.
Philipsburg is a great little town.

Geo Roam, when you visit Philipsburg, as everyone there will tell you, go to the Sweet Palace (even if you don't buy anything). The building is nicely preserved.

H.I.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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All I can say is......WOW!!
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