Montana's rugged Beartooth Mountains formed the backyard for this small alpine community. When Christina Branger and the rest of her family came to Montana from Switzerland, they settled near East Rosebud Lakes shore and promptly christened their new home, Alpine. The settlement soon attracted others, so Ms. Branger opened the first post office in 1914 and assumed the role of postmaster. Excluding the years of 1943-1945, the post office successfully operated until 1953. While Ms. Branger kept herself busy in the postal industry, her family operated a popular hotel in the area for several years. Today, the area houses summer home residents eager to trade city life for peace and quiet amidst outstanding scenery.


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