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Big Sky Building Boom: A look at the community’s feverish growth



In the 1860s, thousands of prospectors in covered wagons flooded the Montana Trail as they rushed to Virginia City hoping to strike it rich in nearby gold mines.

Today’s gold rush has shifted to the towering mountains east of Virginia City, as contractor pickups along with cement and gravel trucks flood Gallatin Canyon on their way to mine the dollars spent building Big Sky’s resort communities.

More than $1 billion is currently being spent on construction and development in the Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Moonlight Basin, Big Sky Resort and Town Center.
This represents the largest current resort real estate development effort in the Northern Rockies.

At a Dec. 14 luncheon hosted by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, CrossHarbor Capital Partners co-founder Sam Byrne presented some staggering numbers related to development and construction in Big Sky. EBS decided to dig a little deeper and give some examples of the magnitude of this growth.


Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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