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Augusta, Montana

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See Augusta, Montana Apr 07, 2017
Augusta is a tiny town of about 300 (up 9% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 287 and Montana Highway 21 in Lewis and Clark County in West Central Montana. Augusta was established in 1884 on the homestead of Fred Walrath and was named for the daughter of a local rancher, who was also the first child born in the town. Augusta was the commercial and social center for a large area of cattle and sheep ranches. In 1912, the Great Northern Railway planned to transit this area en route to Great Falls. Instead of building the rail line through Augusta, however, they laid the tracks nearby and formed a new town called Gilman. Many businesses moved from Augusta to Gilman because of the railroad. This sparked a feud between the two towns. In the early days of the west, having the railroad pass you by frequently meant death for a town but the people in Augusta were stubborn (in a good way) and stuck it out. A drought, economic hard times, and the extension of the railroad into Augusta caused Gilman to die out and Augusta was again the dominant town of the two.

Augusta has a nice little historic district with a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There is one location in Augusta and one in the nearby ghost town of Gilman, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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