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Randy Morger, executive director of the River and Plains Society, stands in the confines of Old Fort Benton.

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Old Fort Benton.

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Chief Joseph's surrender rifle on display at the Upper Missouri River Breaks interpretive center.

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Randy Morger, executive director of the River and Plains Society grew up in Fort Benton and remains steeped in the town's history.

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Part of a display at the Montana Agricultural Center, the state's official museum of agriculture.

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Fort Benton Longhorns lettermen jackets, part of a display at the Montana Agricultural Center, the state's official museum of agriculture.

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Tia Clark, a student at Fort Benton High School, flies off a jump on the sledding hill near the school during the sophomore gym class that totals 14 kids.

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Basketball players from Geraldine, a couple of them dressed out in their gym shorts and cowboy boots, climb off the bus to join the Fort Benton players on an "emergency co-op" team formed just before the season to get enough players together.

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After a string of three straight appearances in the Montana Class B football championship games a decade ago, the Fort Benton Longhorns couldn't gather enough players to field a Class C eight-man team this fall.

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A longhorn, sculpted from horseshoes welded together, grazes in a Fort Benton yard.

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Cheryl Gagnon holds an early photograph of the Grand Union Hotel, the 1882 building she and her husband bought and restored in the late 1990s.

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The lobby of the historic Grand Union Hotel, built in 1882.

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Historic photograph showing men lining the bar at the Grand Union Hotel.

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Sandon Morris loads grain for shipping at the Columbia Grain elevator in Fort Benton, situated in the middle of Montana's most fertile wheat-producing area.

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David Martin, warehouse manager at Columbia Grains in Fort Benton, pauses in between loading and unloading grain trucks.

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Fort Benton bookstore and outerwear retailer Tom Carrels talks in his store in Fort Benton.

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Bookstore owner Tom Carrels walks by a building near downtown believed to have been one of the last remaining brothels in once rip-roaring town.

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Fort Benton pickup truck.

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Fort Benton falconer Mike Gregston

Fort Benton falconer Mike Gregston

Fort Benton falconer Mike Gregston releases Oprah, a peregrine/gyrfalcon hybrid, for a hunt in a farm field just outside town. Because of the abundance of prey for the birds, the Fort Benton area is well-known among falconers.

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Hal Webster, 94, talks about his life from his favorite chair recently while a visitor pages through the definitive book on falconry that Webster co-wrote 53 years ago. The book, "North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks," is now a two-volume set in its ninth printing.

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