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Libby, MT

Libby, MT in Western Montana Andy Austin

Libby sits humbly in the Kootenai River Valley at the base of the Cabinet Mountain Range. Combining authentic mountain experiences and breathtaking scenery with abundant outdoor recreation, area attractions include Libby Dam, Ross Creek Cedar Grove, the Kootenai River and Kootenai Falls, and a golf course complete with spectacular views and wildlife watching. Soak up Libby's charm at the local brewery or museum, or, for a knock-your-socks-off experience, take a walk across the swinging bridge above the falls.

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Make the short trek to Libby Dam and the state-of-the-art Libby Dam Visitor Center for guided tours and interactive exhibits.

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The first white men in the area were traders and trappers from British fur companies. They came into the area as early as 1809 looking for beaver to supply the demand back east for beaver hats. There were many posts built by early traders along the Kootenai River that served the general trading purpose. None of these structures remain today. In the early 1800s a Canadian explorer named David Thompson traveled into the Kootenai River and used it as a navigational guide through the area. He portaged around the falls and used marks on the trail left by the Kootenai Indians. It is believed that no tribe made a permanent home in Libby alot of tribes used the area for hunting and spiritual purposes. The Kootenai Falls on the Kootenai River is still sacred to the local Indians, it is a place where the tribal members commune with spiritual forces.

The Libby area was important for its many silver-lead mines. Activity grew during the summer of 1867 when success grew along Libby Creek. The boom was short and deserted by the 1870s. Vermiculite deposits were located in the early 1900s on Rainy Creek of Libby. A local rancher named Ed Alley explored the old gold mining tunnels and noticed that when he stuck his candle into the wall the material around the candle had swollen and turned golden in color. In 1919 he bought the Rainy Creek claims and started the Zonolite Company, and he discovered it had good insulating qualities. It then became a product used in insulation, and plaster. Many people used the product for insulation in their houses in Libby. The W.R. Grace Company bought the mine and operated it from 1963 till 1990. The vermiculite mine in Libby was a huge employer of many libby townspeople.

The earliest ranches in the area were near the mouth of Libby Creek in the late 1880s. The settlers worked at the Libby Placers and built homes and mills along Libby and Flower Creek. The stream Libby Creek was named by prospectors in the 1860s after one of their daughters and it is believed that the town of Libby was named after the creek. The town grew quickly in the early 1900s and many buisnesses were opening. In 1906 a terrible fire swept through downtown libby destroying alot of the original business buildings. The first school was built in 1892, the first church was the Methodist Church in 1897. The first homes were built in the early 1890s, the first newspaper was the Libby Miner in 1892 and telephone service came to Libby and Troy around 1913.

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Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co. in Western Montana.

Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co.

206 Mineral Ave.
Libby, Montana 59923

406-293-BREW

Country Inn in Western Montana.

Country Inn

1020 W. Ninth St.
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.2092

Evergreen Motel in Western Montana.

Evergreen Motel

808 Mineral Ave.
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.4178

Kootenai Angler, Cabins and River Bend Restaurant in Western Montana.

Kootenai Angler, Cabins and River Bend Restaurant

13546 State Highway 37
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.7578

Kootenai Country Montana Gallery in Western Montana.

Kootenai Country Montana Gallery

906 Montana Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

406.890.7140

Libby Area Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Libby Area Chamber of Commerce

905 W. Ninth St.
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.4167

Libby Dam Visitor Center (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) in Western Montana.

Libby Dam Visitor Center (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

17877 State Highway 37
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.5577

Sandman Motel in Western Montana.

Sandman Motel

31901 U.S. Highway 2
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.8831

Venture Inn in Western Montana.

Venture Inn

1015 W. Ninth St.
Libby, MT 59923

406.293.7711

Venture Inn Restaurant in Western Montana.

Venture Inn Restaurant

1015 W. Ninth St.
Libby, MT 59923

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Wounded Warrior Weekend in Western Montana.

Wounded Warrior Weekend

906 Montana Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

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Angels Corner

  • 311 Mineral Avenue, PMB 176 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.291.7180
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Bobtail Lodge B&B

Cabinet View Golf Club

Caboose Motel

Diane's Restaurant

  • 201 California Avenue Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.5041

Dumont's Creekside B&B

  • 3737 Kootenai River Rd Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.0660
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Fisher River Retreat

  • 24836 SW 65th Ave Tualatin, Montana 97062
  • 503.422.1953
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Foxy's Mountain Resort

Happy's Roadhouse Inn

  • 72576 US Highway 2 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7810

Henry's Restaurant Inc.

  • 405 West 9th Street Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7911

Heron's Roost Vacation Rental

  • 535 Big Bend Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.3530
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Huckleberry House B&B

Koocanusa Resort & Marina

  • 23911 MT Hwy 37 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7474
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Kootenai Aviation, Inc.

  • 650 Greers Ferry Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.9320
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Kootenai River Guest Cabins

  • 13546 Montana Highway 37 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7578
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Libby Amtrak Station

Libby Auto Sales and Rental

Libby Farmers Market

  • PO Box 1099 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.3996

Libby Ranger District

  • 12557 MT Highway 37 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.295.4693
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Linehan Vacation Home & Cabins

  • 35309 Yaak River Road Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.4872
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McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch

  • 6220 McGinnis Meadows Rd Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.5000
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Red Dog Saloon & Pizza

  • 302 Whitetail Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.8347

River Bend Restaurant and Saloon

  • 13546 Montana Highway 37 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.4536
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Rosita's Mexican Restaurant

  • 314 East 9th Street Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.3902

Rustic Pine

  • 62564 US Highway 2 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.5267
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Sandman Motel Down-Under

  • 919 Mineral Ave Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7795
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Silver Bow Wilderness Snowmobile Adventures

  • 500 East Fisher Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.4868
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Silver Bow/ Elk Mountain Outfitters

  • 500 East Fisher Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.4868
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The Heritage Museum

The Last Straw Cafe

  • 30890 US Highway 2 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.4000

The Yaak River Hideaway

  • 242 Obsidian Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.9357
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Treasure Mountain Restaurant & Sportsbar

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Two Bit RV Park

  • 17 Two Bit Circle Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.8323
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Woodland RV Park

  • 311 Mineral Ave, PMB 243 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.8395
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