Karl Puckett Great Falls Tribune Published 10:17 AM EST Feb 14, 2019 Ken Smith spent more than 20 years riding the rails, “hoboing around” as he calls it, hopping on trains and getting off where they stopped, holding a sign asking for money during the day and returning “home” at night to a camp in a field or under a bridge. “I decided once I started losing body parts it was time to give it up,” Smith said one day earlier this week. In mid-January, while living in a tent behind Walmart in Great Falls, Smith suffered frostbite. At Benefis Health System, a portion of his big toe under the nail and the tips of the next two toes were amputated. That experience finally prompted the California native to come in from the cold for good in frigid Montana. For the first time since 1996, Smith now has a home, a studio apartment furnished for now with one piece of furniture, a lawn chair that Smith’s angular frame overwhelmed as he talked about 23 years of living on the streets, traveling the country, friends who still are homeless and the community’s view of the homeless. “I’ve finally got one, and hope I… Read full this story
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