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While winter has its charms, locals regard the season with the utmost gravity when it comes to survival. Tales about record winters in days gone by have left their mark on the community. One such tale related by old-timers now long gone mentions the Winter of 1886-87 when snow and bitter cold came early to the mining camp of Cooke City and supplies ran low. The modern conveniences of today like space heaters and current snowplows have helped to lessen the burden of winter but have not eliminated the need for many locals to gather wood in the fall and be prepared with backup forms of transportation. In November of 2010 some residents were left without power for 6 days when a snowstorm forced a tree to fall on a power line. Ask any local, one has to be ready at all times for the unusual in this gorgeous and bitter landscape.

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