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Gallatin Valley Bozeman Montana ©Brett Fagan 2010

In 1864, W.W. Alderson described Montana's Gallatin Valley, home to Bozeman, as "one of the most beautiful and picturesque valleys the eye ever beheld, abounding in springs of clear water." In the late 1800's many agreed, calling it "The Egypt" or "The Garden Spot of Montana."

Until the early 1970's, Big Sky (the term from the A. B. Guthrie novel of the same name) was a quiet southwest Montana ski area along the Gallatin River with a few guest ranches and little else.

Belgrade is a sister city to Bozeman and an intrinsic part of the growing Bozeman-metro area. The 12th largest city in Montana and home to about 7500 residents, Belgrade is an affordable, family-oriented western Montana community.

Ennis, named in 2009 by Cowboy Magazine as a top 20 western town, was named for freighter, William Ennis. This idyllic little western town is located in Montana's Madison Valley, along the world famous Madison River, one of Montana's finest trout fishing streams. 

Originally known as Crabtown, after one of the four gold-panning founders, John Crab, the name was changed to "Helena" at the suggestion of John Sommerville, who originated from Saint Helena, Minnesota.

Livingston is nestled along the free-flowing Yellowstone River, one of the world's longest un-dammed rivers. Main Street and the historic districts are reminders of Livingston’s bygone golden railroad era.

While scouting for just the right Gallatin Valley farm land on which to grow malting barley, Henry Altenbrand and several New York businessmen decided in 1890 that the rolling land around Moreland, Montana, 20 miles northwest of Bozeman, would suffice for Manhattan.

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