Today I am linking up for Show and Tell Tuesday to share my hometown. I am from a small town in south central Montana called Manhattan.
I technically grew up 8 miles outside of Manhattan, in the country. I lived there from the time I was 7 until I left for good at 19 years old. While I lived there, Manhattan was a town of about 1,000. My high school graduating class was 47. There was one school, one grocery store, one gas station, and no stoplights. Currently, the population is around 1500 and there is a stoplight now (I think).
Manhattan is about 20 miles outside of Bozeman and about 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park. It is surrounded by potato farms and gorgeous mountain views. Manhattan has a small downtown area (pictured below) and every August the town comes together for their annual Potato Festival-food, games, vendors, and most importantly....school lists were posted that day telling what teacher we got (each grade had 2 classes) and who was in our class. We would run down to school from the Potato Festival to take a look!
Manhattan is home to an amazing steakhouse-The Oasis- which has the best finger steaks and is often visited by famous people! I introduced Manny to The Oasis this past summer when we were in Montana....he loved it! And the finger steaks were just as good as I remember ;)
I enjoyed growing up in Manhattan but because we traveled a lot, I couldn't wait to get out and move onto the big city. Since moving from Montana, I have lived in Phoenix, Chicago, and now the Los Angeles area. My family moved from Montana in 2006, and Chicago became my home after that.
It was finally when I landed in California that I realized what an amazing place I grew up. Yeah small towns have their cons-everyone knows everything about you, there doesn't seem to be a lot of variety, people can be stuck in their ways etc. But it wasn't until I left that I realized what a great place Manhattan really was!
A few of my favorite things about growing up in a small town (and things I hope my kids can experience someday):
1. There is an amazing sense of community. Everyone shows up for sporting events, celebrations, to help out etc. Small town people come together for each other!
2. Not only did we know just about everyone in our own town, but we also knew many people from other area towns because of things like sporting events.
3. The wide open space! As kids, we played outside all.the.time. We rode our bikes, roamed around fields, built forts, took walks, went sledding (just about anywhere) and so on.
Here is our house in the country! The first 5ish years we lived in a double wide trailer next to the church my dad was a Pastor of, but then we moved to this house that we built on 5 acres.
And because I grew up in Montana and we had Western day during Homecoming Week- a few friends and I rode horses to school :)
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