Benge is not much more than a collection of a few homes, a vacant grocery, and vacant gas station. The grain elevators at the rail line are still operational. The town is located in one of the overflow routes of the Missoula Ice-Age Floods, hence the rail line taking advantage of the grade. Benge is far enough from the Snake River that rail shipment trumps trucking the grain to the big terminals along the river.
The post office/store appeared to be in good condition with good paint and metal roof; however, it was closed when I rolled into town and I had to stick with my own supplies. I was actually surprised Benge was more than just a name on the map.