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Located in Teton County, Montana, the town of Fairfield began as a station on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. It is situated between Great Falls and Choteau, and near Freezout Lake. Although the federal government had opened the area to homesteading in 1862, it wasn’t until the number of acres available for a homestead was raised, from 160 to 320, in 1909 that homesteaders began settling the area. In the dry landscape of Montana, farmers couldn’t earn a living on 160 acres but ranchers could do so on 320. When the Gibson Dam was completed in 1929, allowing for irrigation, more settlers came to Fairfield. Malting barley is an important crop in Fairfield, so much so that the town considers itself to be the Malting Barley Capital of the World.

 

 

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