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The District with Grit | Bozeman’s Northeast Neighborhood

Bozeman’s working-class neighborhood is becoming a cultural haven, balancing rich history with creative new growth.

BY MIRA BRODY

Walking through Bozeman, Montana’s northeast neighborhood, you’ll first notice its peculiarities. There’s a log cabin, a purple bungalow, a metal seagull weathervane pointed toward the Bridger Mountains to the north.

As the city’s surrounding subdivisions sprawl at breakneck speed, the historically working-class neighborhood, nestled between the Bridger Foothills and downtown proper, has become a unique cultural safe haven. The community takes a hands-on approach to growth that honors history and supports small, creative endeavors. The residents take pride in their zesty exteriors, overgrown alleyways and roaming chickens, and those quirks are why they call this railroad-side enclave home.

The air is often punctuated by a train horn and the metal screech of wheels on rails, the melodic clang of the crossing signs lowering, red lights flashing. The unsubtly of the train’s presence is fitting; it plays a vital role in the area’s history.

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