Having never been to Montana, I had accepted a sales position with a surgical device company and moved to Bozeman in the late 1980’s. It was immediately evident to me that Bozeman was the perfect town! It had a university, mountains, recreation, and was poised to capitalize on increasing mobility of the American workforce. I needed a piece of it! I enjoyed a 23 year career in the surgical device business which allowed me to simultaneously acquire real estate holdings in Bozeman.
Ten years ago Scott Dehlendorf and I acquired the three-acre corner of Oak and Rouse which had initially been a mill and most recently Weismann’s steel sorting business and hardware store. The idea of giving this former epicenter of the Gallatin Valley a new life was inspiring. That was followed by acquiring the parcel to the north, and finally, the former Pea Cannery site to the west.
Everyone thought we were crazy to tackle this project. Many suggested scrapping the site. We just couldn’t do it. We feel we have a personal responsibility to do everything possible to save these buildings, revitalize them while retaining their original form, and position them for their next 100 years.
I’m fortunate to be able to put a piece of the farm back into Bozeman.