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Randy Morger, executive director of the River and Plains Society, stands in the confines of Old Fort Benton.
Old Fort Benton.
Chief Joseph's surrender rifle on display at the Upper Missouri River Breaks interpretive center.
Randy Morger, executive director of the River and Plains Society grew up in Fort Benton and remains steeped in the town's history.
Part of a display at the Montana Agricultural Center, the state's official museum of agriculture.
Fort Benton Longhorns lettermen jackets, part of a display at the Montana Agricultural Center, the state's official museum of agriculture.
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.
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.
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.
A longhorn, sculpted from horseshoes welded together, grazes in a Fort Benton yard.
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.
The lobby of the historic Grand Union Hotel, built in 1882.
Historic photograph showing men lining the bar at the Grand Union Hotel.
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.
David Martin, warehouse manager at Columbia Grains in Fort Benton, pauses in between loading and unloading grain trucks.
Fort Benton bookstore and outerwear retailer Tom Carrels talks in his store in Fort Benton.
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.
Fort Benton pickup truck.
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.
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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