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The town of Big Timber was settled in south central Montana when the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1882. By 1892, Big Timber was one of the world’s largest exporters of wool, shipping out as much as 2 million pounds a year.The Big Timber Pioneer newspaper started in 1889 and is still in print today.This collection of newspapers begins with 1893 when Big Timber had a population of 500 and follows the community through its colorful history - including adventures with Indians, the arrival of Chinese and Norwegian immigrants, the big fire on Friday the 13th (March 1908), the decline of the wool industry, the rise of cattle and cowboys, and lots more.

 

 
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