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Montana Ag Network: Hobson residents work to save a piece of history

Many small towns in Montana have some sort of landmark that make them unique and memorable and Hobson is no different.

The town contains two of the most photographed landmarks in Montana.

Constructed in 1908, the Hobson Grain elevators have stood the test of time for over a century. But for the first time in their life span, they have been threatened with demolition.

The elevators are privately owned, but stand on leased land owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway.

Last March, BNSF began preparations to tear down the two elevators due to numerous safety concerns.

However, many residents are not ready to see the historic landmarks removed from existence.

A group was formed in support of restoring the Grain Elevators. The organization, The Pride of The Judith, was able to reach an agreement with BNSF, which allowed the elevators to remain standing.

The group was given six months (until September 1st of 2018) to form a plan to bring the structures up to code and enter for a BNSF property lease.

Organizers hope to raise a total of $30,000 to support the restoration project. The project would consist of sealing the entrances of the elevators and restoring the exteriors.

Despite the rough exterior, the buildings are structurally sound and primarily require exterior work.

The money would also cover structural insurance required by BNSF.

Following their restoration, total yearly costs are estimated around $2,500. The costs would include the BNSF lease, insurance, and taxes.

If you would like to donate to help support the project, click here. All donations are tax deductible through the Central Montana Foundation.

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