This is downtown
Harlowton, Montana. Even during the height of summer, the downtown
of Harlowton can be pretty quiet - despite the main highway (US
Highway 12) running a few blocks away. A sizable portion of all
the store fronts in Harlowton sit empty - a testament to the fall
of the economy in this part of Montana. Yet, despite this, Harlowton
certainly does have some charm.
Note, I received an email from a resident of Harlowton recently that
stated the following:
“many empty and partially empty buildings” is not
accurate as most buildings are in fact fully occupied and many
have been remodeled....not “a sizeable portion of storefronts
sit empty”. Most are occupied by active businesses and their
have been new ones opened and some have been remodeled.
this section of the site was created in 2003 this could indeed
be true now, as I have not visited Harlowton since. However,
when I visited this town during 2003, my description was right
on-target - the town was very, very empty despite being the middle
said, with the booming real estate sector in Montana and the
influx of retirees, it is quite possible that
Harlowton has undergone a resurgence since I prepared this guide.