Hamilton, MT

Hamilton, MT

Anchoring the Bitterroot Valley, the well-rounded town of Hamilton—the valley's largest community—offers theater, live music, local breweries, a hopping downtown and easy access to hiking and backpacking in the Bitterroot Mountains. After strolling through downtown, be sure to stop by the Daly Mansion—original home to one of Montana's Copper Kings, Marcus Daly.

Insider Tip

Be sure to make a visit to the Daly Mansion. Tours are available during the summer, with guides giving you a look into the past of one of Montana's most famous families.

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History

Originally the Bitter Root Valley was the home of the modem Salish (Flathead) and Pend d'Orcille Indians. It was claimed for the United States in 1788 in the Oregon Country Acquisition and explored by Lewis & Clark during their expedition in 1805 - 06. St. Mary's mission in Stevensville was the first permanent white settlement in Montana, founded by Jesuit priests in 1841.

Marcus Daly the copper mining magnate, came to the valley in search of timber to supply, his mines. He needed a mill to serve the timber operations and a town to serve the mill. He made this his summer home and in 1887 acquired large tracts of land termed the Bitter Root Stock Farm, which was devoted to his hobby of breeding and racing thoroughbred horses. The town of Hamilton was incorporated in 1894 and was named after James Hamilton, a Daly employee, who platted the town along the route of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1890.

Hamilton was a company town revolving around the activities of the large Anaconda Copper Mining the Bitter Root Stock Farm. Most of the residents worked for the Daly interests, lived in "company" homes and shopped in "company" stores. By the time Daly died in 1900, it was the commercial center of the Bitterroot Valley and the seat of Ravalli County.

Marcus Daly began development of an irrigation network that, after his death, gave rise to the "Big Ditch Boom" that ran from 1906 through 1915. The grandiose irrigation and land development scheme was fueled by speculators from the East and Midwest, who invested big money to build the Big Ditch irrigation system. The subsequent "Apple Boom" was fueled by slick salesmen with often misleading literature who promised fertile land and a good climate for growing fruit trees (mainly apples) which, in turn, brought many unsuspecting farmers to the region. From 1907 to 1911 the town's population jumped from 1,800 to 3,000.

Tile Anaconda Copper Mining Company Mill closed down in 1915 after running out of accessible timber. By 1917 financial problems plagued the ditch builders and the boom went bust. The orchard farmers became disillusioned and many moved away. Although the economy went into decline the town survived through farming and timber production. Truck gardens produced fruit, berries and vegetables, dairies were known for their butter and ice cream, and farmers grew celery, sugar beets and potatoes. The U.S. Forest service employed others in their stewardship of thousands of acres of government owned timber land.

Hamilton's period of economic decline did not fully recover until 1927 when the Rocky Mountain Laboratory was established to research the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Contrary to other parts of the nation, Hamilton enjoyed considerable growth during the depression years of the thirties until World War II.

Hamilton and Ravalli County (35,156 residents) have been going through a period of 40% growth in the 1990s' as the nation's population shifts from urban cities to the non-urban "new west" in search of a better quality of life. This time a new generation is drawn to Hamilton because of clean air and water, the open space, and the recreational opportunities of the mountain and the streams.

Upcoming Events

Jun 2nd

Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op

June 2nd at 09:00am

Downtown Hamilton Bedford & 3rd Streets Hamilton, MT

Jun 8th

HAMILTON TONIGHT!

June 8th at 06:00pm

Downtown Hamilton Main street Hamilton, MT

Jun 9th

Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op

June 9th at 09:00am

Downtown Hamilton Bedford & 3rd Streets Hamilton, MT

Featured Listings

ABC acres

ABC acres

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.210.5710

1075 Sleeping Child Road
Hamilton, MT 59840

Angler's Roost

Angler's Roost

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.363.1268

815 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Hamilton, MT 59840

Bitterroot Cabins LLC

Bitterroot Cabins LLC

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.363.2258

1967 N. 1st Street, Ste. E
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center

Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.375.2525

139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce

Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.363.2400

105 E. Main St.
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Black Rabbit RV Park

Black Rabbit RV Park

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.363.3744

2101 North 1st Street
Hamilton, MT 59840

Daly Mansion and Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum

Daly Mansion and Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.363.6004

251 Eastside Highway
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Montana Shirts and Hats

Montana Shirts and Hats

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.381.6872

1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
Hamilton, MT 59840

Quality Inn Hamilton

Quality Inn Hamilton

City: Hamilton
Phone: 800.442.4667

1113 N. First St.
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Ravalli County Tourism Business Improvement District

Ravalli County Tourism Business Improvement District

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.821.3405


Hamilton, Montana 59840

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A Beautiful House on Big Arm Bay

  • City: Big Arm
  • Address: 37158 US Highway 93
  • Phone: 406.363.3122
  • Website: vrbo.com/396531

ABC acres

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 364 McCarthy Loop
  • Phone: 406.210.7688
  • Website: abcacres.com

Angler's Lodge & Cabins

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 815B US Highway 93 South
  • Phone: 406.363.0980
  • Website: anglerslodgemt.com/

Angler's Roost

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 815 US Highway 93 South
  • Phone: 406.363.1268
  • Website: anglersroost-montana.com

Arnica Lodge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Art Focus Fine Arts & Framing

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 215 West Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.4112
  • Website: artfocusmontana.com

Backroad Cider

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 98 Marcus Street
  • Phone: 406.363.5700
  • Website: 406cider.com/home.html

Bear Creek Cabin

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Bear Paw

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Big Creek Coffee Roasters

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 301 West Main Street
  • Phone: 406.375.7508
  • Website: bigcreekcoffeeroasters.com

Big Sky Reining Classic

  • City: Kalispell
  • Address: 3630 Highway 93 North
  • Phone: 406.755.5366
  • Website: mtrha.com

Bitter Root Brewing

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 101 Marcus Street
  • Phone: 406.363.7468
  • Website: bitterrootbrewing.com

Bitterroot Anglers

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: PO Box 1830
  • Phone: 406.240.4565
  • Website: andycarlsonbitterrootanglers.com

Bitterroot Cabins LLC

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 North 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 251 Eastside Highway
  • Phone: 406.274.8886
  • Website: bcgg.org/

Bitterroot Fishing Loft

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 502 Snowberry Lane
  • Phone: 406.360.1549
  • Website: cabinrentalinmontana.com

Bitterroot Jeeps and Rovers

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 545 Grantsdale Road
  • Phone: 406.209.8907
  • Website: bitterrootjeepsandrovers.com

Bitterroot National Forest

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1801 North First Street
  • Phone: 406.363.7100
  • Website: fs.usda.gov/bitterroot

Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive
  • Phone: 406.375.2525
  • Website: bitterrootriverinn.com

Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 105 East Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.2400
  • Website: bitterrootchamber.com

Bitterroot Valley RV and Campground

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1744 US Highway 93 South
  • Phone: 406.363.2430
  • Website: bitterrootvalleyrv.com

Bitterroot Valley Scenic Drive

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 105 East Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.2400
  • Website: bitterrootchamber.com

BJ's Family Restaurant & Lounge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 900 North First Street
  • Phone: 406.363.4650

Black Rabbit RV Park & Storage

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 2101 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.3744
  • Website: blackrabbitrv.com

Bob Ward & Sons

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1120 North First Street
  • Phone: 406.363.6204
  • Website: bobwards.com

Boulder Creek Cabin

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Broad Axe Lodge

  • City: Sula
  • Address: 1237 East Fork Road
  • Phone: 406.821.3878
  • Website: broadaxelodge.com

Burke House

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 389 Eastside Highway
  • Phone: 406.360.6585
  • Website: vrbo.com/861781

Burr Creek Lookout

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Cardinal Properties Inc.

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 320 South 2nd
  • Phone: 406.363.4430
  • Website: cardinalproperties.net

Chaffin Home

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Chapter One Book Store

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 252 Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.5220
  • Website: chapter1bookstore.com

Cheng Family Restaurant

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 610 North 1st Street, Suite 2
  • Phone: 406.375.9139

Circle M Ranch

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

City Center Motel & Annex - REMLC

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 415 West Main
  • Phone: 406.363.1651
  • Website: REMLCsportsmanslodging.com

Coffee Cup Cafe

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 500 South 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.3822

Como Peaks Cabin

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258

Creekside Lodge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Daly Days

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: P.O. Box 424
  • Phone: 406.360.9124
  • Website: hamiltondowntownassociation.org

Daly Mansion

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 251 Eastside Highway
  • Phone: 406.363.6004
  • Website: dalymansion.org

Deffy's Motel

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 321 South 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.1244
  • Website: hamiltonmontana.com/splash.html?link_id=10561

Downing Mountain Backcountry Lodge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1017 Grubstake Road
  • Phone: 406.531.1486
  • Website: downingmountainlodge.com

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1100 South 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.375.9393
  • Website: enterprise.com

Filling Station Grill

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 203 Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.4567

Fly Fishing Always

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 714 South 4th Street
  • Phone: 406.360.4346
  • Website: flyfishingalways.com

Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: Bedford and Third Streets
  • Phone: 406.961.0004
  • Website: hamiltonfarmersmarket.org

Hamilton Golf Club

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1004 Golf Course Road
  • Phone: 406.363.4251
  • Website: hamiltongolfclub.net

Hamilton Kitchen

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 102 South 2nd
  • Phone: 406.363.0903

Hamilton Players

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 100 Ricketts Road
  • Phone: 406.375.9050
  • Website: hamiltonplayers.com

Hamilton Quality Inn

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1113 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.6600
  • Website: choicehotels.com/montana/hamilton/quality-inn-hotels/mt417?source=lb

Hamilton Super 8

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1325 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.2940
  • Website: the.super8.com/hamilton03025

Hayes Creek Montana

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 478 Hayes Creek Road
  • Phone: 406.369.0593
  • Website: hayescreekmontana.com

Higherground Brewing Company

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 518 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.375.5204
  • Website: highergroundbrewing.com

Lazy Bzzz

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 275 Bowman Road
  • Phone: 406.642.6400
  • Website: sweetsagemt.com

Lewis & Clark Lodge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 562 Skalkaho Highway
  • Phone: 406.642.6400
  • Website: sweetsagemt.com

Little Blue House

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 704 Adirondac
  • Phone: 406.360.2079
  • Website: airbnb.com/rooms/15950325

Montana Hunting Fishing Adventures

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 870 Sleeping Child
  • Phone: 406.363.3510
  • Website: montanahuntingfishingadv.com/

Montana Vintage Bungalow

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 230 Cap Lane
  • Phone: 406.369.0915
  • Website: airbnb.com/rooms/9529210

Motel 6 Hamilton

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 409 South 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.2142
  • Website: motel6.com

My DestaNation

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 721 West Desta Street
  • Phone: 406.375.5113
  • Website: airbnb.com/rooms/10333711

Nap's Grill

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 200 W Main St
  • Phone: 406.363.0136
  • Website: napsgrill.com

Nez Perce Ranch

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Nugget Kelly Resort

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1857 South Camas Lane
  • Phone: 406.581.5247
  • Website: vrbo.com/1035102

On Golden Pond

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 270 Golden Pond Drive
  • Phone: 406.370.3677
  • Website: vrbo.com/222257

Osprey Nest

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Osprey Outfitters Guide Service and Fly Shop

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1963 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.363.1000
  • Website: ospreyoutfittersflyshop.com

Otto's Cabin

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Pineview Lodge

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 322 Wyant Lane
  • Phone: 406.642.6400
  • Website: sweetsagemt.com

Ponderosa Art Gallery

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 944 Springhill Road
  • Phone: 406.375.1212
  • Website: ponderosaartgallery.com

Ravalli County Fairgrounds

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 100 Old Corvallis Road
  • Phone: 406.363.3411
  • Website: ravallicountyfair.org

Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 205 Bedford Street
  • Phone: 406.363.3338
  • Website: ravallimuseum.org

Red Barn Bicycles

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 399 McCarthy Loop
  • Phone: 406.369.0487
  • Website: redbarnbicycles.com

Repeat Antique and Pawn

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1108 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.375.0011

River Rising

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 337 West Main
  • Phone: 406.363.4552
  • Website: riverrisingbakery.com

Sapphire Studio in Hamilton

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 140 Aspen Grove Lane
  • Phone: 406.381.1392
  • Website: sapphiremining.com

Sawyer's Place

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 809 Swayer Lane
  • Phone: 406.369.0644
  • Website: sweetsagemt.com

Shooting Star

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Skalkaho Lodge and Steakhouse-John Rose Outfitter & Guide Service

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1380 Skalkaho Highway
  • Phone: 406.363.3522
  • Website: skalkahosteakhouse.com/

Slack Home

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E
  • Phone: 406.363.2258
  • Website: bitterrootcabins.com

Sleeping Child Hot Springs

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 2970 Sleeping Child Road
  • Phone: 406.363.4553
  • Website: homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3486161

Spice of Life Cafe

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 163 South 2nd Street
  • Phone: 406.363.4433
  • Website: thespiceinhamilton.com

Taco Bell, MTB 10, Inc.

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 1007 North 1st Street
  • Phone: 406.375.0900

The Edge Restaurant

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 140 Bitterroot Plaza Drive
  • Phone: 406.375.0007
  • Website: theedgerestaurant.com

The Frame Shop & Gallery

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 325 Main Street
  • Phone: 406.363.6684
  • Website: frameshopandgallerymontana.com

The Harlan Cabin

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 556 Foley Lane
  • Phone: 406.363.6265
  • Website: harlancabin.com

The Mangler

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 465 Old Corvallis Road
  • Phone: 406.369.5524
  • Website: themangler.com

The Moraine

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 2037 Silver Ridge Road
  • Phone: 406.363.7466
  • Website: themoraine.com

The Red House

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 74 Arbor Lane
  • Phone: 406.363.6213
  • Website: vrbo.com/974370

The Royal Bunkhouse

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 490 Blodgett Camp Road
  • Phone: 406.369.0644
  • Website: SweetSageMT.com

Valley Bicycles and Ski

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 219 South First
  • Phone: 406.363.4428

Whittecar Rifle and Pistol Range

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 578 Blodgett View Road
  • Phone: 406.363.7078

Withy Gate Lodgings

  • City: Hamilton
  • Address: 701 South 3rd Street
  • Phone: 406.360.7019
  • Website: vrbo.com/275459

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