Meacham's only business, the Oregon Trail Store and Deli, reopened after three years, providing a sense of community to the small mountain town.
Three years ago, Ken Haggie said, he knew about five people in the area he lived in since 1998. Now he knows hundreds, making his way downtown three to four times a week.
More than just the isolation, residents say there were divisions between pockets of the community; people around Meacham Lake and those near Old Highway 30 kept their distance. The Meacham Lake area is regarded as more conservative, while those nearer the highway tend to be transplants and a bit more progressive.
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