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5th Anniversary Of Downtown Bozeman Gas Explosion

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Five years ago, downtown Bozeman changed forever.

On March 5th 2009, a massive gas line exploded destroying the 200 block of Main Street between Rouse and Bozeman just after eight a.m.

The explosion took the life of Tara Reistad Bowman, who was working at Montana Trails Gallery.

"She was a vibrant, outgoing, beautiful gal. She had a tremendous number of customers at the art gallery that loved her," said Larry Bowman, Tara's father-in-law.

Larry Bowman, Tara's father-in-law said the loss of Tara never gets easier, even as the years pass.

"It's very hard. My son loved her dearly. They were best friends as well as husband and wife," said Bowman.

He said every anniversary that goes by, his family always makes sure they are together to remember Tara's life.

"We try and be together. That's really about all we can do," said Bowman. "We will not forget about her. Now, we go on with life as best as we can."

Kathy Stark owns Starky's, one the businesses destroyed by the explosion. She describes that day as surreal.
 
"We ran outside the building and there was so much debris flying through the air," said Stark.

Since then, the business has rebuilt at a new location off of Tracy and Mendenhall.

"It was a big change and learning experience for us," said Stark. "There was no question whether or not we were going to re-open because we had so much community support."

The American Legion and the Rocking R Bar have re-built on the same block of Main Street.

Lilly Lu and the Rocky Mountain Toy Company decided to rebuilt elsewhere.

City Planning leaders tell ABC/FOX Montana it is still undetermined what will happen with the open space on each side of the American Legion.

Since the explosion, the Rocking R Bar and the American Legion have rebuilt in the same block of Main Street.

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