History of the Bitterroot Valley Montana

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  The history of Montana and specifically the Bitterroot Valley is brimming with a pioneer spirit of hardy men and women. Beginning with the earlier explorations of Lewis and Clark, rugged individuals mined for gold while the western rail system was being established to the ports of the Pacific coast. The beef industry was emerging on the land with luxuriant grass that for centuries supported the buffalo. Montana and the Bitterroot Valley experienced one of the greatest industrial developments the west has ever seen as the Kings of Copper were making their debut. William Clark and Marcus Daly made an impact on Montana that to this day still feels their influence. Diverse in her landscape, rich in natural resources,  scenic beauty and dynamic in her history, she has been as changeable as her own weather. We invite you to further explore the history and heritage that is Montana and its beautiful Bitterroot Valley,  truly the last best place and a Montana treasure.
 
With each of our featured Bitterroot communities you will find a wide variety of historical information, exhibits to visit and places to explore.
Area Museums and
Historical Sites:


Stevensville:

Historical Museum
517 Main Street,  Stevensville
406-777-1007

 
Historic St. Mary's
Mission & Museum

West  End of 4th Street, Stevensville
406-777-5734
saintmarysmission.org


Fort Owen State Park
100 Stevensville Cutoff Rd,  Stevensville
406-273-4253
stateparks.mt.gov/fort-owen



Victor:

Victor Heritage Museum
125 Blake Street, Victor
406-642-3997
victorheritagemuseum.org



Hamilton:

Ravalli County Museum
250 Bedford, Hamilton
406-363-3338
www.brvhsmuseum.org

 
Daly Mansion
251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton
406-363-6004
www.dalymansion.org



Darby:

Historic Service Museum
and Visitors Center

Pioneer Museum

Downtown Darby
406-821-3753
 

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