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        Montana Mosaic: Montana Industry - The Oil and Refinery Years

        Montana’s resource-driven economy experienced its golden age following World War II. Jobs were plentiful in timber, mining, and agriculture. A booming national economy created a large American middle class with the means and desire to travel. Oil fueled that travel.  Exploration for gas and oil contributed to this particular boom.  A recent oil find in the Bakken area of North Dakota and Montana is fueling the latest boom time.  Experience would tell us that this, too, will bust in the future and the landscape will be left with idle oil wells and scarred land.

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