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Home at the Headwaters: After recovering from the loss of its founding industry, Three Forks looks to continue bucking the trend of small town Montana

January 28, 2018View for printing

THREE FORKS -- Gene Townsend likes to talk about railroads.

Seated at his kitchen table, the longtime Three Forks mayor and current city council member takes a sip of coffee -- his third cup of the day. It's not yet noon.

Townsend has lived nearly all of his 67 years in the area. He's had a hand in most civic organizations and community-centered efforts in town, making him the perfect person with whom to talk about the past, present and future of Three Forks. Perched on the edge of the state's fastest growing county, the town has managed, so far at least, to keep its expansion moderate, its economy strong and beloved identity mostly intact.

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