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Hamilton, MT

Hamilton, MT in Western Montana

Anchoring the Bitterroot Valley, the well-rounded town of Hamilton—the valley's largest community—offers theater, live music, local breweries, golf, 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.

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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

Nov 13th

Culture Crawl

November 13th at 05:00pm

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Categories: Arts/Culture, Festival/Fair

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Culture Crawl

December 11th at 05:00pm

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Hamilton, Montana 59840

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

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Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center in Western Montana.

Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center

139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive
Hamilton, Montana 59840

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Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce

105 E. Main St.
Hamilton, Montana 59840

406.363.2400

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2101 North 1st Street
Hamilton, MT 59840

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101 S. Seventh St.
Hamilton, MT 59840

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1113 N. First St.
Hamilton, Montana 59840

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P.O. Box 1743
Hamilton, Montana 59840

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A Beautiful House on Big Arm Bay

  • 1422 Golf Course Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3122
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Angler's Lodge & Cabins

  • 815B US Highway 93 South Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.0980
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Arnica Lodge

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Art Focus Fine Arts & Framing

  • 215 West Main Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4112
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Backroad Cider

  • 98 Marcus Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.5700
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Bear Creek Cabin

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Bear Paw

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Big Creek Coffee Roasters

  • 301 West Main Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.7508
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Bitter Root Brewing

  • 101 Marcus Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.7468
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Bitterroot Anglers

Bitterroot Cabins

  • 1967 N 1st St, Ste E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering

Bitterroot Fishing Loft

  • 502 Snowberry Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.360.1549
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Bitterroot Jeeps and Rovers

  • 545 Grantsdale Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.209.8907
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Bitterroot Valley RV & Campground

  • 1744 US Hwy 93 S Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2430
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BJ's Family Restaurant & Lounge

  • 900 North First Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4650

Bob Ward & Sons

  • 1120 North First Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6204
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Boulder Creek Cabin

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Broad Axe Lodge

Burke House

  • 130 Tammany Hill Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.360.6585
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Burr Creek Lookout

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Cardinal Properties

Chaffin Home

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Chapter One Book Store

  • 252 Main Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.5220
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Cheng Family Restaurant

  • 610 North 1st Street, Suite 2 Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.9139

Circle M Ranch

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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City Center Motel & Annex

  • 415 W Main St Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.1651
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Coffee Cup Cafe

  • 500 South 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3822

Como Peaks Cabin

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258

Creekside Lodge

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Daly Mansion and Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum

  • 251 Eastside Highway Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6004
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Deffy's Motel

  • 321 S 1st St Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.1244

Downing Mountain Backcountry Lodge

  • 536 Blodgett Camp Rd Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.531.1486
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • 1100 South 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.9393
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Filling Station Grill

  • 203 Main Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4567

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Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative

Hamilton Golf Club

Hamilton Kitchen

  • 102 South 2nd Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.0903

Hamilton Players

  • 100 Ricketts Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.9050
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Higherground Brewing Company

  • 518 North 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.5204
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Lazy Bzzz

  • 822 Sweathouse Creek Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.642.6400
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Lewis & Clark Lodge

  • 822 Sweathouse Creek Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.642.6400
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Little Blue House

  • 604 South 6th Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.360.2079
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Montana Hunting Fishing Adventures

  • 870 Sleeping Child Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3510
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Montana Vintage Bungalow

  • 230 Cap Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.369.0915
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Motel 6

  • 409 S 1st St Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2142
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My DestaNation

  • 721 West Desta Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.5113
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Nap's Grill

  • 200 W Main St. Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.0136
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Nez Perce Ranch

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Nugget Kelly Resort

  • 1857 South Camas Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.581.5247
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On Golden Pond

  • 270 Golden Pond Drive Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.370.3677
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Osprey Nest

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Osprey Outfitters Guide Service and Fly Shop

  • 1963 North 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.1000
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Otto's Cabin

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Pineview Lodge

  • 822 Sweathouse Creek Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.642.6400
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Ponderosa Art Gallery

  • 944 Springhill Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.1212
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Ravalli County Fairgrounds

  • 100 Old Corvallis Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3411
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Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society

  • 205 Bedford Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3338
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Red Barn Bicycles

  • 399 McCarthy Loop Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.369.0487
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Repeat Antique and Pawn

  • 1108 North 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.0011

River Rising

  • 337 West Main Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4552
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Sapphire Studio in Hamilton

  • 140 Aspen Grove Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.381.1392
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Sawyer's Place

  • 822 Sweathouse Creek Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.369.0644
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Shooting Star

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Skalkaho Lodge and Steakhouse-John Rose Outfitter & Guide Service

  • 1380 Skalkaho Highway Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3522
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Slack Home

  • 1967 N. 1st Street, Suite E Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2258
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Sleeping Child Hot Springs

  • 2970 Sleeping Child Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4553
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Spice of Life Cafe

  • 163 South 2nd Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4433
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Super 8

  • 1325 N 1st St Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.2940
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The Edge Restaurant

  • 140 Bitterroot Plaza Drive Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.375.0007
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The Frame Shop & Gallery

  • 325 Main Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6684
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The Harlan Cabin

  • 556 Foley Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6265
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The Mangler

  • 465 Old Corvallis Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.369.5524
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The Moraine

  • 2037 Silver Ridge Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.7466
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The Red House

  • 74 Arbor Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6213
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The Royal Bunkhouse

  • 822 Sweathouse Creek Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.369.0644
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Valley Bicycles and Ski

  • 219 South First Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.4428

Whittecar Rifle and Pistol Range

  • 578 Blodgett View Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.7078

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