A Hole in Bozeman



It’s amazing how quickly history can be destroyed. The folks in Bozeman, Montana, know that all too well.

On March 5, a natural gas leak led to an explosion that knocked down four historic buildings and damaged three others. One person was killed in the blast.

The city’s downtown was already suffering somewhat, as the economic downturn had forced some businesses to close, leaving empty storefronts in 19th-century buildings. Before that, Bozeman’s downtown was vibrant with activity—including tourism—buttressed by a strong historic preservation effort.

The National Trust has offered grant funds to help assess the damage. Chuck Winn, assistant city manager and the former fire chief for 20 years, just shakes his head over the situation. “It’s like a bad dream that you can’t wake up from.”

406-582-2301 – Bozeman.net

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