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Small Town Story: West Fargo, ND

Black Mountain Software is proud to have been working with the city of West Fargo since October of 2003, and we are all amazed that in the last fifteen years it has become one of the fastest growing and vibrant areas in all of North Dakota. While it’s easy to write off the state as nothing but icy winters, farmland, and the occasional woodchipper, West Fargo (and the greater Fargo-Moorehead metropolitan area for that matter) prove that North Dakota is not only a great place to visit, but also call home.

While just about every town has a historical district, West Fargo’s Bonanzaville hosts a pioneer village and Cass County Museum on twelve sprawling acres with dozens of historic buildings and thousands of artifacts that capture the spirit and charm of Red River Valley and Cass County at large. Read more >

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Small Town Story: West Fargo, ND

Black Mountain Software is proud to have been working with the city of West Fargo since October of 2003, and we are all amazed that in the last fifteen years it has become one of the fastest growing and vibrant areas in all of North Dakota. While it’s easy to write off the state as nothing but icy winters, farmland, and the occasional woodchipper, West Fargo (and the greater Fargo-Moorehead metropolitan area for that matter) prove that North Dakota is not only a great place to visit, but also call home.

While just about every town has a historical district, West Fargo’s Bonanzaville hosts a pioneer village and Cass County Museum on twelve sprawling acres with dozens of historic buildings and thousands of artifacts that capture the spirit and charm of Red River Valley and Cass County at large. Read more >

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Welcome to Colquitt, Georgia

“The Spirit Farmer” (aka “The Peanut Farmer”)
on 100 ft. tall Birdsong Peanut Company Silo,
dedicated in 2010, 27,000 sq. ft. mural handpainted
with rollers by Charlie Johnston.

We love a good underdog story, especially when it involves one of our clients. Colquitt, Georgia has a rich history and like many small towns, has had its fair share of adversity to overcome. After its population peak in the 50s, the influx of new technology led to the loss of low-skilled farming jobs and the outsourcing of manufacturing gigs.

By the early 90s, the town was dying and it broke lifer Joy Jinks’ heart. Read more >

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Welcome to Colquitt, Georgia

“The Spirit Farmer” (aka “The Peanut Farmer”)
on 100 ft. tall Birdsong Peanut Company Silo,
dedicated in 2010, 27,000 sq. ft. mural handpainted
with rollers by Charlie Johnston.

We love a good underdog story, especially when it involves one of our clients. Colquitt, Georgia has a rich history and like many small towns, has had its fair share of adversity to overcome. After its population peak in the 50s, the influx of new technology led to the loss of low-skilled farming jobs and the outsourcing of manufacturing gigs.

By the early 90s, the town was dying and it broke lifer Joy Jinks’ heart. Read more >

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“The Best Town on Earth”

There are a lot of towns that claim this title, but Upton, Wyoming, actually owns the slogan: “The best town on Earth.” With its vast wildlife population, big-town amenities and rich history, it’s no wonder this little town claims the “best town” title.

 About Upton, Wyoming

 At only 2.96 square miles and with a population of only 1,100, the people in this Wyoming town are dramatically outnumbered by the vast wildlife. Because of the many lakes and streams outside the town’s borders, there is a number of fish species that feed the dense, local wildlife population.

 For the human population, this small little town packs a lot into its tiny footprint. Read more >

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City of Lava Hot Springs Switches from DOS to BMS

From D-O-S to B-M-S

We are excited to feature one of our newest clients, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, in our small town stories this month. This is possibly one of the most unique places we have ever featured.

About Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Lava Hot Springs, located in Bannock County, has a few things that make it unique. Besides the fact that it has 102-degree water surrounding the 455-acre town, it also claims to be an “odor-free” natural hot spring! Just imagine, soaking in warm, mineral-rich water as you take in the surrounding beauty with a deep, detoxifying breath that smells of…nothing! Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Helena, Georgia

helena-ga-telfair-county-museum-of-history-railroad-depot-small-town-america-photo-ccopyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia1Recently, we ran a story on the friendly merger of two sister cities in Georgia: McRae and Helena. We are thrilled that during this transition, the cities have decided to merge their software, too, and now McRae will join Helena as part of our Black Mountain Software family.

While McRae is new to us and that is very exciting, we feel that we haven’t done enough talking about how much Helena—a BMS customer since 2006–has meant to us. Over the years, we have enjoyed the southern friendliness and courtesy in our working relationship with the clerks and city manager of Helena: Janeen Tokar (City Manager), Allison Cox (UB Clerk), and Heather Livingston (City Clerk). Read more >

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Small Town Stories: McRae, Georgia

McRae Monument: A mini Statue of Liberty

McRae Monument: A mini Statue of Liberty

Recently, we found out some exciting ­news: The cities of McRae and Helena, Georgia (sister cities) are merging January 1, 2015, and have chosen Black Mountain Software as their software partner.

While Helena has long been a BMS customer, we are just now getting acquainted with the tidy little town of McRae! We expect to get to know them very well in the upcoming months, as a city merger is no “little” thing no matter what size the town.

The combining of cities means the combining of everything they do and every process they have into one “new” city: utility billing, property tax collection, bank accounts, even the stationary heading! Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Castleford, Idaho

Salmon Falls Creek Area

Castleford is a small town (.4 miles to be exact) with a big history. It is located along Salmon Falls Creek, a tributary of the Snake River which flows a total of 121 miles and was once a popular trading route between the Native Americans and settlers of the Snake River Plain and Great Basin.

Castleford was named after its odd-shaped “ford” that allowed mid-1800’s pioneers to cross the creek along the Kelton-Dalles stage route. The unusual ford was marked by a series of rhyolite obelisks.

In 1890, a man by the name of Cephas Lilly settled along this ford, and it became known as “Castleford.” Though considered a hardworking pioneer, new evidence paints a not-so-pretty picture of Cephas Lilly. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Deary, Idaho

Deary, Idaho

BMS welcomes the small town of Deary, Idaho to our family! Deary, with its population of 505, has lumber homesteaders who made their way there during the 1880’s and 1890’s to thank for their rural northern Idaho lifestyle.

Timber, along with agriculture, remain the main industries of Deary since its establishment in 1907.

Deary is a product of the Potlatch Lumber Company, like many of its fellow communities along the Idaho railway such as Elk River, Bovill, and Potlatch. Unlike Potlatch, however, the town of Deary was created by the sale of lots which were to be lumbered and then cleared solely for the purpose of creating homelands. Read more >

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