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Under pressure of growth, Manhattan, Montana tries to keep small-town identity

January 14, 2018View for printing

An image from 1921 hangs in one of Manhattan's largest downtown businesses. The scene in black and white shows women in dresses and men in collared shirts before storefront windows. A man leans against his bicycle and a few Model T-era cars are staged along the main street.

The people in the town portrait look proud and it seems they wanted to lock that feeling in history. The blown-up picture now hangs in AmeriMont Real Estate, where agents pitch Manhattan on the idea that it's "as local as local gets."

"Almost 100 years later, not a lot has changed," real estate agent Nancy Clark said as she looked at the mural. "Except, there's more people and probably less business."

By Katheryn Houghton Chronicle Staff Writer ... 4da5aa.html
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