On a strip of land clinging to the edge of the Union Pacific Railroad and lightly traveled State Route 233 sits charming Montello. Born as Bauvard in 1904, the town was a division point for the Southern Pacific Railroad. At its height, Montello was home to about 800 people. A fire in the 1920s crippled the business district, and the town never recovered. Today, Montello is home to a few hundred residents, two bars with restaurants, a small motel, a post office, an elementary school, and a convenience store.
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