BOZEMAN, Mont. -

One town, three names- Gallatin Gateway is a place steeped in history. Initially called Slabtown, it was established as Salesville in 1883. The name changed to Gallatin Gateway when the railroad expanded into the area and the Gallatin Gateway Inn was built to board travelers on their way to Yellowstone.

For two and a half days out of the year, folks in this tight-knit community celebrate their roots with the Slabtown Fair.

"My grandfather worked in the principal industry in the little city in the sawmill and at that time they were floating logs down the Gallatin River," says Gallatin Gateway native Max Amberson.

Dana Hart-Stone was raised in Gallatin Gateway and returns every year to participate in the fair.

"I think it's really important to preserve local history," says Hart-Stone.

From wood carvings to old western wear, antique vendors and artists showcase an array of goods.

But there's a lot more to the event than collectibles, the Slabtown Fair is a fundraiser for the Little Bear Schoolhouse Museum.

"The little rural schoolhouses are going out and people do not know the history and it's kind of like Virginia City and Pony, Montana. You want to keep the old buildings and the old memories and if somebody doesn't start doing it, there won't be any left," explains native Colleen Pinkerton Blankenship.

Blankenship's mother taught at the one-room school back when it sat in Little Bear Canyon. Now, she's a guide at the museum.

"That's what we really want is people to come and enjoy the tour and enjoy seeing part of life as it was," says Blankenship.

She says there's something special about rural schools.

"It kept the community together because people that ran it were people from that community. It kept it as a separate community. They had socials, they had all this kind of stuff which is now kind of forgotten," explains Blankenship.

Yet, she's doing her part to make sure folks don't forget. That's why Blankenship hopes events like this one will keep the museum open for years to come.