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Brake lights cut the morning fog in front of me,

reflecting off the still damp highway. The reason for the abrupt braking is a flock of wild turkeys crossing Highway 93. My journey into the Bitterroot Valley has begun.

Seeing what out-of-towners call “significant wild-

life”: wild turkeys, deer, moose, elk and big horn sheep is not at all uncommon. In fact, just a few miles down the road as I enter the Bitterroot Valley from the north, a blinking yellow construction sign flashes out the rather usual ‘Caution: Watch for Wildlife on Highway’. This doesn’t strike me as odd, but then again I have spent all of my life here. Living with wildlife is just something I have come to accept. Those who move here from the

city spend the first couple years pulling over to take pictures of deer. The rest of us drive by remembering nostalgically the days when we too were enchanted by the sight of a buck in standing on the lawn of the town bank.

It’s not just the human-accustomed wildlife

or deer-jaded drivers that cause this place to have its timeless feel. Driving south into the Bitterroot Valley, there is something stirring in the air. The Sapphire Mountains to the east, delaying the sunrise, and the rocky crags of the Bitterroot Range to the west, set the stage for a day trip of unparalleled beauty. It’s not just the breathtaking views and nostalgic shop-fronts in historic communities that make us want to be here. The air in this place is wholly different. The aromatic pine carried from the mountains never far away is overwhelming. It’s nature’s way of welcoming you to Big Sky Country.

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It doesn’t make scientific sense; if the horizon to

all sides is intruded by the sharp peaks of mountains, how can the sky seem so impossibly big? Perhaps it is that undefined thing in the air that magnifies the sky. If the beautiful blue daytime sky isn’t big enough for you, pull off the highway at night, away from city lights - the famous Big Sky effect is magnified when the stars are out. We Montanans have a fierce sense of pride-in and love-for our Bitterroot Valley. Fishing, Hiking, History, Wilderness, Wildlife, and plant life . . . and standing in the forefront is of course our love of all things huckleberry: Jelly, jam, chocolate, cake, pancakes, pie, wine, and more. Be cautioned, foraging for “hucks” though rewarding, may mean sharing your picking space with a bear or two. Even most locals opt for purchasing the jar of already made jam.

You may find many of us Montanans slightly

obsessed with Lewis and Clark; most of us can tell you things about those wily explorers that you never would have thought to ask, and may leave you wondering why we know it. Lewis and Clark also loved the Bitterroot Valley. Stevensville was Montana’s first permanent white settlement.

We are especially fond of the river that divides

and names our valley. The Bitterroot River flows about 75 miles from near Conner, where the East and West Forks join, until it converges with

the Clark Fork River in Missoula. It is well known and loved for the recreation it provides, from fly fishing to kayaking and anything in between. If you’re a big movie buff, you might know of our reputation from the movie “A River Runs Though it”.

The day wears on, as I travel south on 93, and

I can see the hulking silhouette of Trapper Peak approaching. It stands sentinel over the valley as the tallest peak in the Bitterroot Range. From here it looks like a crumpled wizard’s hat, but a dirt road drive and an arduous climb later, the mountain reveals itself to be a collection of three peaks. Even from the Highway though, this mountain strikes an imposing figure. The end of my trip today is Lost Trail Ski resort, where the average yearly accumulation of perfect skiing powder sits at just around 300 inches. Very reasonably priced and close to the accommodations of the Bitterroot Valley, this “hill” is the snowenthusiast’s dream.

My headlights point north and the Bitterroot

Mountains are on my left. The trip back up the valley reminds me that incredible beauty and adventure require little more than a tank of gas and a sense of direction (and perhaps a compass). So wherever you find your car parked, whether across the world or over the bridge, this pristine corner of the Rockies waits for you. It’s a Beautiful Day in the Bitterroot Valley. by Lexi Klenow

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Darby, Montana . . . Hidden Gem of the Sapphires! Nestled between the Sapphire and Bitterroot

Mountains, Darby is one small town with a very big heart! At a population of less than 1,000, it would be easy to overlook this hard working little community with its quaint shops and cozy inns. However you don’t want to miss out on Darby. First established in the early 1800’s as logging and ranching community. It was known by many names over the years, including ‘Doolittle’ and ‘Harrison’ before it’s postmaster, James Darby, decided to name the town after himself in 1888. No one in town was consulted in this name change, but the name stuck all the same. Over the last 120 years, Darby has ebbed and flowed with the Western economic booms - from mining and fur trading, to logging and apples, this little town has become a stronghold in the Bitterroot Valley.

Darby is situated perfectly for the outdoorsman with the pristine beauty of the wilderness right outside its back door. Whether you’re looking for a family camping trip into the wilderness or itching for a great place to fish, Darby is the perfect jumping off spot. Stop by the Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum and get a taste of what homesteading was really like, or stop by Double HH Custom Hat Co. for that handmade western hat. Make sure you check out Old West Gallery and Candy Store, there’s something inside to delight everyone. Take the kids fishing and boating at Lake Como or Painted Rocks Lake State Park, or fish the east and west forks of the Bitterroot. Just outside Darby is The Painted Rock State Park & Reservoir where you can trout fish t’il your heart’s content. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera . . . There is wildlife and scenery galore!

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chartered in 1968, is Darby’s only Credit Union. Like the Darby community, Bitterroot Community FCU is personal and friendly. Darby is a community that will always pull together to support a family in need and you will find this same characteristic in the staff and policies of this credit union. “People Helping People” - forms the backbone of this member-owned and locally-operated business. With this business philosophy the Bitterroot Community Federal Credit Union will grow and prosper right along with the community. As the community goes, so goes the Bitterroot Community FCU. If you are thinking of moving to Darby or Ravalli County, or if you have lived in the valley all of your life, you will appreciate doing business with the Bitterroot Community Federal Credit Union, and perhaps most importantly - they will appreciate you! On Main, in Darby. 406-821-3171



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Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner & Drinks! The Silver Spoon Restaurant, on Main St. in Darby, is a great addition to any trip. Stop in early for breakfast on your way to Lost Trail Ski area, or before your hike into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Lunch is always good and you will always find a special with a cup of freshly made soup. The burgers were awarded “The Best in the Bitterroot.” Prime rib is slow cooked every Saturday. Homecooking doesn’t get better. And you can always bring your favorite drink in from the bar. See you soon in Darby.

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Old West Gallery, Antiques, & Candy Store Darby’s main attraction on Main St.! This 16,000 square foot space houses a huge selection of the finest antiques and collectibles in the Bitterroot Valley. We have everything! Art, metal work, stoves, furniture, home décor, fine collectibles, and an Old West Candy Store to boot! They have more than 600 varieties of candy guaranteed to satisfy the sweet tooth in young and old alike. So, whether you pop in for a moment or stay for a few hours, you’re going to find something you’ll love … Be it a sweet treat or an antique treasure, you can’t miss the Old West Gallery and Candy Store in Darby, Montana!

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paints with a painterly, expressive style with just a touch of Russian influence. Tricia has recently moved her home base from Golden, Colorado to Hamilton. While new to the Bitterroot Valley, Bass is no stranger to painting the Rocky Mountain West. She was the 1st Place associate artist at the Plein Air Artist Of Colorado 2011 National Exhibition, she took 3rd Place at the 2009 Wyoming Plein Air and she was a selected participant at the 2011 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition in Carmel, California last year. Tricia enjoys painting still-life and the landscape but is in her element painting “en plein air” (French for “in open air”). “Painting on location is critical to becoming a competent landscape painter”, Bass states. She goes on explain that a camera averages color and value (light and dark) so “working from just a photograph doesn’t show an artist everything they need to know.” Like Lewis and Clark, she considers herself to be on a “Corps of Discovery” painting in Montana, but admits that the comparison is thin. “Exploring the Sapphires, the Bitterroots and the Northern Rockies is a relatively cushy experience today with the convenience of my pickup truck and the neighborhood grocery,” the artist admits. She is fascinated by all the local history and enjoys discovering new places to paint. As a colorist Bass prides herself in finding that correct color and does not shy away from even the most brilliant choice. She declares American painter Edgar Payne as her current “historical hero” but is also strongly influenced by the works of Russians Sergei Bongart and Fedor Zakharov. Her favorite contemporary artists include Americans Clyde Aspivig, Don Sahli and Scott Christensen. “The best part of my day is when I’m standing behind that paint brush or cruising through an art book, just trying to learn and grow as a painter”, the artist states. Bass has just purchased a new home and studio in Corvallis.

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been the until vortex of Montana’s history, whatever theme or historic era you use to Run” by Stephen Gough has received much acclaim. Now, the story of John Colter approach the subject. The outdoors, wild country, fishing, hunting, history ... — hunting as laid out in Gough’s 392-page novel ed to whatever. A wonderfully beautiful yet foreboding component of high peaks is being made into a major Hollywood and snow-covered ridges dominate the landscape; the lofty Bitterroot Range, ated with movie. Advance filming is taking place in which for centuries previous had serenely overlooked the homeland of the ay of life. Fred both Montana and Wyoming, where much Salish people overshadowed the changes that came to the land and its people iner out of of Colter’s historic life played out. That’s in 1805 when the Lewis & Clark Expedition stopped in the Bitterroot e pastbeginning fifty years, fitting because Montana author Stephen Valley, first at Ross’ Hole where they encountered the helpful Salish, and then lute apex of the Gough was the ideal writer to tell Colter’s at a place they named “Travelers’ Rest” at Lolo to gear up for their crossing of he result is a new story. Himself an honored warrior who that mountain range and head to the Pacific Ocean. From that time onward, the served with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, ho’sBitterroot Valley would never be the same. On the heels of the Lewis and Clark explores Expedition, another famous that Gough in depth the warrior-ethos 4 stories JohnIdaho’s Colter returning time after time to a land, the Three Forks personage entered the saga of kept North combination Many subsequent “firsts” followed those fateful days. Indeed, subsequent country of a landscape that would hunting andpriests historyto— famed Canadian fur trader and become Montana, where he knew he faced the efforts by the Salish to bring “black-robed medicineofmen” or Jesuit likelihood of death at the hands of a dedicated enemy. map-maker Thompson, whose exploits from 1807-1813 24, 1841, ofDavid St. Mary’s ry their land in 1841 led to the establishment, on Sept. brought A member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Colter left the Expedition first commercial fur trading enterprise into the Mission along the banks of the Bitterroot River in mid-valley. Athe settlement, first before it had completed its journey to take up trapping and adventuring in the Rocky as acalled St. Mary’s Village, began. Then, in 1850, the mission region,closed well and before free trappers. Now a major theany American Mountains, Montana and Wyoming to be specific. The first know white man to book Thompson’s efforts to trading settlement took on the name Fort Owen. Finally, once the areaoutlining became part of “discover” theestablish fantasiesfur now known as Yellowstone National Park – “Colthe Washington Territory, the settlement took on the name of Stevensville, posts in the area in has been published. ter’s Hell” as itTitled came toSometimes be called – Colter also became the lead guide for a number of ng house honor of the first territorial governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens. American fur trapping brigades that invaded the remote wilderness at the headwaters Only Horses to Eat, David Thompson: vensville, of thePeriod Missouri ,River. During thatbook time, he survived one after another encounter with The Saleesh House the 392-page Theand point is, of course, that change is both common and constant. We live and dreaded Blackfeet warriors ... and then came the fateful day he and companion John hunting was researched and written by author Carl Haywood Potts were captured by the Blackfeet along the Jefferson River above where that river our forbears. They themwork are today brandout a very different context in Montana than did of Thompson Falls, Montana. It gives incredible joined with the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the mighty Missouri. made history; we live in its aftermath and make history of a new sort. They insight into historic in North Pottsperiod was killed instantly by the Blackfeet; they gave Colter a chance to cherished the landscape of Montana and all it offered; so do we. That’s theThompson’s Idaho, Northwestern Montana and northeastern n telljoy usofabout run for his life, and his run, and subsequent escape, when it became known back in what we do – look back with deep regard and respect but simultaneWashington. “civilized” America, elevated him to the stuff of which legends are made. John Colter o theously cherish and enjoy the present. That’s why the range of our books is so had become an American legend. He’d eluded death that day, only to return another major,broad – dozens upon dozens of books with titles that cross the broad face of Which brings us back to retired andForks nowcountry author,despite that constant, even expected, threat timeWallace to trap inminer the Three ived a grand and beautiful country. Certainly we today enjoy the legacy given us Fred S. Scott, whose just-released book Memories of of death at the hands of the Blackfeet. What isn’t as well-known about Colter was rifle while in celebrating the grand gift that remains in being able to tell the story of a his persistent with a power inside him that both kept him in the dangerous puts a common man’s Hunting Idaho’s Golden Erastruggle wondrous land. This page features a few of our titles. Check out the whole list mportant Three Forks country and would not allow him to live a life dictated by fear – a theme touch thethat rich heritage of hunting elk and bear in the our website,, to get a sense of how on broad storygear on that that author Gough pursues stridently in his book “Colter’s Run” – and in the process North Idaho mountains. This 256 page reminisce touches telling really is. to become givesgame us minute insight intoimaginable what sort of man John Colter really was. on a lifetime of pursuing big under every roes in the condition of weather and circumstance, from his First Available Direct From Stoneydale Press white man Buck – 1962 through such tantalizing tales as Suicide Bull ional Park orat– most bookstores and gift shops. 1992 and No Second Chance – 2006. ut “finding” legendary in Scott’s book follows in a tradition of capture by the Stoneydale Press’ outdoor, hunting and he headwaters historical books with ties to Idaho, fter they’d killed book titled “First Roots: including such tiles as Hunting Open Country A new 256-page Thefor Story Stevensville, Montana’s Oldest e to run hisof life. Mule Deer and Bugling for Elk, both by Nampa writer Community” chronicles in incredible detail with scape,text, made him Dwight Schuh, 70,000 Miles Horseback In The Wilds of Idaho by photographs and drawings the story of Lewis and Clark Expedition’s travels in the Stevensville, the oldest permanent community longtime outfitter Don hunting story y author Stephen This Idaho new bookelk features the stories of thein the Bitterroot Mountains andHabel, the spot inand Ross’a wonderful in Montana. Jesuit priests and workers who served at the Hole where the Salish Indians the classic reminisce bookthey byencountered W. Mitchell Rohlfs, Cottontails to Kudu: A ow available to give us an historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville (immortalized by Charles M. Russell’s famous Hunter’s Journey. hunter’s life in great detail. from its founding in 1841 through the end painting, on the cover of the book) was critical

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to the Expedition’s success. This book makes the first-ever presentation of the Salish Indian perspective of their encounter with the Corps of Discovery at Ross’ Hole in the upper Bitterroot.

of its “mission era” in 1891. Written by Jeanne O’Neill of Stevensville, an author who also works as a volunteer at the Historic St. Mary’s Mission.

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2012 – The Year of Father Ravalli Antonio Ravalli was born on May 16, 1812 in Ferrara, Italy. Join us at St. Mary’s Mission and Museum this season as we celebrate The Year of Father Ravalli. On display in the museum is an oil painting by Fr. Ravalli, plus a portrait of Fr. Ravalli, both on loan from St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula. The interior of St. Mary’s Chapel also reveals the many talents of this “Great Good Man”. Fr. Ravalli’s 1869 log cabin and pharmacy contain many pieces of his hand carved furniture. “He was the epitome of gentility; sensitive, and disciplined, a man of enormous capacity for compassion,” wrote Father Willfred P. Schoenberg, S.J., of Father Anthony Ravalli. This book is a collection of writings to pay tribute to a man that is deserving of prominence in the history of Montana, as well as those other states formed from the old Oregon Territory. Included are an incredible number of “first occurrences in Montana” that are a result of skilled and talented Fr. Ravalli. Montana’s beloved priestphysician-artist, after whom the county is named, was assigned to St. Mary’s from 1845 to 1850 and again in 1866 until his death in 1884. Father Ravalli rests in St. Mary’s Cemetery west of the chapel he designed and helped build. $7.95 plus shipping and handling. Available online: saintmarysmission .org

Founders Day Celebration Sunday 2 p.m. September 23, 2012

St. Mary’s Mission Stevensville, Montana

HISTORIC ST. MARY’S MISSION, INC. A Non-profit Corporation Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, St. Mary’s Mission is a cultural and historical icon of the early days in the American West. The Mission speaks to guests of a time when life was much different. Chief Victor’s Cabin brings a sense of the 19th century when the Indian and European cultures merged. Guests experience a reverent silence when stepping into the Salish lodge. Visitors can feel the past meld with the present, when visiting the Chapel, Fr. Ravalli’s Cabin and Pharmacy. By strolling the grounds visitors allow the valley and all of its splendor to encompass them.


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CONTACT INFORMATION: Historic St. Mary’s Mission P. O. Box 211 West End of 4th Street Stevensville, MT 59870 406-777-5734


Like us on Facebook! The I Love Stevensville Montana Facebook page was created January 2012 by Robbie Springs of the Stevensville Hotel, to bring together the Stevensville community & share their treasures with the world. I Love Stevensville Montana is a portal to current information about the towns: events, new restaurants & shops, fabulous photographs of our town & the Bitterroot Valley, and shared news about people in town doing great things. Currently at 142 Likes, this summer the exposure of the message will continue to grow and reach the many Stevensville visitors and potential visitors. This facebook page was one of the first sources to get the word out about the two new dinner restaurants opening any day now: the Catered Table & the Mission Bistro. And the first to alert folks to the opening of Wildwood Brewery, the new all organic Brewery in Stevensville. Stay tuned for updates on the new street-scape program happening this summer on Main Street downtown, greatly improving the beauty and walkabilty of downtown Stevensville. So if you’re coming to Stevensville, get on Facebook, Like the I Love Stevensville Montana page and find out what’s happening in the best little historic town in Montana! The town where Montana began.


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Located along the meandering Bitterroot River and surrounded by majestic towering mountains, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of the landscape and wildlife. The Refuge’s location in the scenic and historic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana provides a haven for wildlife.

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Enjoy the unusual and eclectic selection of collectible items in this quaint antique store, art gallery and studio. Entrepreneur and artist, Lisa Archer, has not only created a treasure chest of collectibles worth the drive to Stevensville, but you will find her in her back room studio creating fine hand painted one-of-a-kind silks, unique and original flutter jackets, Montana feather scarves, pillows, wall art and other custom pieces. | 213 Main St. | Stevensville, MT | 406-360-3698 An Historic Good Nights Sleep & more at the

Historic Stevensville Hotel When you check into the Historic Stevensville Hotel expect a good night’s rest and much more. You are in for an experience of the senses. The award-winning hotel and gardens of this stately landmark have wonderful sunset views over the Bitterroot Mountains. All 7 rooms and 2 suites are individually and uniquely decorated with fine art and antiques. Open year round, the Stevensville Hotel is a perfect setting for weddings, reunions, workshops and parties. The hotel is just a block off main street. A short walk to shopping, antiques store, and the popular Blacksmith Brewery. See more on their website. Make your reservation today! Sleep well. 107 E. 3rd St., Stevensville, MT 406.777.3087 • Toll Free 888.816.2875 F romR iver toR


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100th Annual

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Harvest Valley Farmers Market, Rocky Mtn Bank Parking lot. (Every Sat. May -- mid-Oct) First Friday Downtown 5:30 pm– 9:00 pm.

Creamery Picnic August 3th & 4th, 2012

2012 marks the Stevensville Creamery Picnic’s 100th Birthday. Since 1911, Stevensville’s residents and Western Montanans, have come together for this community celebration. Now hosted by the Stevensville Civic Club and the community sponsors . . . You are invited to the biggest celebration yet — including the Montana State BBQ Cook-Off, Brewfest , Car Show, Live Music & Dancing, and the Pot of Gold Raffle — August 3rd and 4th, 2012, downtown Stevensville.

Founders Day Celebration Sunday, September 23, 2012 St. Mary’s Mission Stevensville, Montana

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June 2012

22-23 Western Heritage Days, Downtown, 22 Calcutta Auction of Barnyard Teams 23 Parade, Arts & Crafts, Sidewalk Sales, Horse and Wagon Rides - Historic Home Tours, Historic St. Mary’s Mission Tours, Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, Barnyard Games – Prizes! Downtown Saturday Night, Food Court, Music, Beer Garden, Street Dance, & FUN!

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Stars, Guitars and Cars,

Car show, Napa Customer Appreciation, Music under the Big Sky and Prizes for the best entries. 6-7 Summer Fest – 4th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival: bands, balloons & BBQ held at St. Mary’s Mission, sponsored by Black Smith Brewing Company.

August 2012 3-4

100th Creamery Picnic & Parade. Montana State BBQ Cook-Off, Brewfest , Car Show, Live Music & Dancing, Pot of Gold Raffle!

September 2012 16

Annual Salish Pilgrimage at the historic


Founders Day at the historic St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Mission. Mission.

October 2012

5-13 Annual Scarecrow Festival sponsored by the Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society (SASS).


Valley Drug and Variety, Stevensville’s own

• Full Service Pharmacy

• Full Service Shipping & Business Center

• Parcel shipping services by UPS, FedEx and USPS • Black/White and Color Copy Services • Money orders • Notary • Digital Photo Kiosk • 35mm Film Processing M - F 9 am to 7 pm Sat 9 am to 6 pm Sun 10 am to 4 pm

On Main Street in Stevensville 406.777.5591 16

At Valley Drug you will find every service or supply you need for the family, home, and office — something for every room in the house. • The Valley’s largest selection of greeting cards

Montana’s First Pioneer Community

Celebrates 171 Years

Charla Bauman

Fresh nostalgia is not an oxymoron when Charla mixes the mood with her eclectic Americana and original material. Whether you are looking for entertainment for your business, special event, fundraiser or house party Charla always delivers a performance that is sure to please. Or... “Cowboy Up” with the Duo of Charla Bauman and Doug Hogan for a yodeling good time!

Stevensville 600 Main Street (406) 777-5791

You will discover, “It’s a beautiful day in the Bitterroot”, when Charla sings. For Guitar Lessons: or 777-3353

General Store • Old Fashioned Soda Fountain • Full Service Espresso Bar • Toys • Books • School Supplies • Made in Montana Gifts and Candies • Liquor Store • Fabric and Craft Dept

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Fabric & Craft Dept

• Liquor Store



AT THE FAIR! Ravalli County Fair 2012 August 29 th – September 1st

Bountiful Exhibits Eclectic Vendors Fantastic Food Exciting Carnival Youth Invitational Rodeo Featuring Little People’s Rough Stock Bull-A-Rama Cowboy Bronc Riding NRA Rodeo Friday and Saturday Live Entertainment Featuring: Pinegrass A Tribute to Patsy Cline Big Sky Mudflaps

Bountiful exhibits, eclectic vendors, fabulous food, carnival rodeo & more

Free Parking

final entry day - August 12 Bountiful exhibits,

at the Fairgrounds

Valet Parking for Handicap Patrons Gate fee gets you into all the grandstand events free!

eclectic vendors, fabulous food, carnival Bountiful exhibits, rodeo & more

final exhibits, entry day - August 12 Bountiful eclectic vendors, Exhibit Buildings, eclectic vendors, fabulous food, carnival Bountiful exhibits, fabulous food, carnival rodeo & more eclectic rodeo vendors, & more final entry day - August 12

Barns, & Vendors are Open From 10 am–10 pm

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final entry day - August 12 rodeo & more final entry day - August 12

formore more info call 363-3411 or visit for info call 363-3411 or visit 2011 presenting sponsor

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Exhibit buildings, barns, and vendors open 11 am – 10 pm Wednesday, August 31, 7pm Exhibit buildings, barns,

Free Parking Wednesday, August 31, 7pm 2011 bull-a-rama sponsor or call 363-3411 or visit Youth Invitational Rodeo 2011 bucking chute sponsors featuring Little People’s Rough Stock Free Parking Gate fee gets you1 into Thursday, September 2011 bucking chute sponsors Gate fee getsBull-A-Rama you into@ 7 pm, pre show @ 6 – Loyd Mabrey Free Parking all grandstand events free! all grandstand events free! Friday, September 2 2011 announcer’s booth sponsor NRA Rodeo @ 7 pm, pre show @ 6 – Kyle Shobe Youth Invitational Rodeo

featuring Little People’s Stock andRough vendors open 11 am – 10 pm 011 chute sponsors fobucking call 363-3411 or visit Thursday, September 1 Bull-A-Rama @ 7 pm, pre show @ 6 – Loyd Mabrey

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Saturday, September 3





Friday, September 2

NRA Rodeo @ 7 pm, pre show @ 6 – Kyle Shobe

NRA Rodeo Finals @ 7 pm, pre show @6 – Lil’ Smokies


Exhibit buildings, barns, Gate fee11gets you into Saturday, 3 and vendors open am –Finals 10 pm@ 7 pm,September NRA Rodeo pre show @6 – Lil’ Smokies all grandstand events free! Wednesday, August 31, 7pm

Exhibit buildings, barns, and vendors open 11 am – 10 pm Youth Invitational Rodeo Exhibit buildings, barns, featuring Little People’s Rough Stock Wednesday, 31, 7pm and vendors open 11 am August – 10 pm Thursday, September 1 Youth Invitational Rodeo

Bull-A-Rama @Wednesday, 7 pm, pre show @August 6 – Loyd Mabrey 31, 7pm

featuring Little People’s Rough Stock Youth Invitational Rodeo Friday, September 2

NRA Rodeo @ 7 pm, pre show @People’s 6 – Kyle Shobe featuring Little Rough Stock

Thursday, September 1

Saturday, September 3

September 1 NRA Rodeo Finals Thursday, @ 7 pm, pre show @6 – Lil’ Smokies

Bull-A-Rama @ 7show pm,@ pre show @ 6 – Loyd Mabrey Bull-A-Rama @ 7 pm, pre 6 – Loyd Mabrey

September 2 Friday,Friday, September 2

NRA Rodeo @ 7 pm, pre 6 – Kyle Shobe NRA Rodeo @ 7show pm, @ pre show @ 6 – Kyle Shobe

Saturday, September 3

100 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton, MT • 406.363.3411

September 3 NRA Rodeo Finals @Saturday, 7 pm, pre show @6 – Lil’www. NRA Rodeo Finals @ 7 pm, pre show @6 – Lil’ Smokies



August 29-September 1

October 8 & 9

Junior Rodeo State Finals

Ravalli County Fair

Great rodeo action featuring up and coming youngsters!l

The 2012 Ravalli County Fair is just around the corner! Western Montana’s Beautiful Bitterroot Valley is the backdrop for our local fair, which is well known and loved for the family atmosphere as well as its cultural and historical ties to rural Montana life. We feature a wide variety of entertainment, exhibits, carnival rides, community food vendors, children’s activities, business and artist booths, rodeo, music and more — truly something for everyone.

Don’t stop kickin’ till the clock stops tickin’! Cowboys and cowgirls of the Bitterroot and around Montana will compete. Come and support these future pro rodeo stars.

My Kid’s Closet Sale

Bitterroot Arts Guild Christmas Show

The community consignment event so big it only happens twice a year. At the First Interstate Center. 23,000+ high quality, gently pre-owned children’s bargains, sporting gear, nursing and maternity wear, and so much more! Shop till you drop and enjoy the great deals! Become a Consignor and you will make 70% to 80% of your sales just by cleaning out your closets!

Join the very talented and dedicated artists of the Bitterroot Valley as they display their work and make your Christmas purchases at the same time. Proceeds from food sales go to the Food Bank and the Humane Society. At the First Interstate Center. 406.961.4740 or 406.821.4678.

June 1-2

Montana Mule Days June 8-10

This annual event is great for all ages with over 100 classes that include log pulling, driving classes, western pleasure, trail classes, team penning, costume class, and many more.

Senior Pro Rodeo June 29-30

Come watch the cowboys who have been showin’ the young uns’ how it’s done for years on end. Featuring mini bull riding!

Valley Sportsmans Expo July 30

Over 80 vendors representing fly fishing, archery, guns and ammo, dog training, saddles and tack, camo clothing, outfitter and guide services, ATVs, campers, and more. Demonstrations of fly casting, dog training, and horse packing as well as elk, predator and duck calling.

Ravalli County High School Rodeo



3rd Annual Fall Freeze October 15

Arts, Crafts, small home businesses and hot food celebrate the harvest season! Contact the Fairgrounds 363-3411

November 16-18, 9 am - 5 pm

September 30- October 2

Apple Day Demolition Derby October 6, 4 pm

Lots of crashes and great family entertainment with cars from across Western Montana and Northern Idaho compete for a $5,000 purse! The Demolition Derby heat races begin at the North Gate entrance of the Fairgrounds. The Main Event features all the cars still running from the total entries.

Sports Connection Gun Show November 30-December 2

A three day event with over 50 vendors and more than 150 tables displaying everything from antique target pistols, knives, rare ammunition, old Winchesters, and Colts to modern guns and hunting rifles. At the First Interstate Center.

First Interstate Center The Ravalli County Fair Grounds hosts indoor and outdoor events throughout the year and is

home to the First Interstate Center, the Bitterroot Valley’s largest indoor event facility. It is available for trade shows, weddings, banquets, auctions, concerts, dances … most any event you can think of. The First Interstate Center and the Ravalli County Fairgrounds are “making it happen” in the Bitterroot Valley. Reserve your dates now for events at the First Interstate Center. WWW. RC . MT. GOV

100 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton, MT • 406.363.3411


CORVALLIS, To Corvallis 2.2 Miles To Hamilton 7 Miles S

Cowgirls Deserve the Best! Here in Montana we are use to working and playing hard, but when the time comes be sure to give yourself the best treatment you deserve. At Cowgirl’s Corner Salon and Boutique we offer full service salon amenities including hair dying and coloring, makeup application, waxing, massage, facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, and spray tanning. Plus you will enjoy shopping our new trendy clothing boutique Longhorn Trading company – featuring accessories, adorable footwear, and hot fresh clothing styles. It is easy to find us, at the flashing light on the Eastside Highway in Corvallis. Our hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For questions or appointments call us at 363-2935 We look forward to pampering you from head to toe!

At the light in Corvallis 406-363-2935 Corvallis, MT 59828

The Brooks Featuring the Elegance of Christmas All Year Long Step back in time to the grandeur of The Brooks. Located in Corvallis at the corner of Willow Creek road and the Eastside Highway is a beautiful Queen Anne style home known as the Brooks Hotel. This 1894 hotel now houses a delightful yearround Christmas store.  Each elaborately decorated tree and room follows a popular theme: Nutcracker, Pomegranate and Currant, Pets, Sports, and Home for Christmas. The Montana Lifestyle room themes include Cowboy, Wilderness, Cabin and Fishing, and Big Sky Lodge. Tour the great collectible rooms: Mark Roberts, December Diamonds, Baldwin, Mary Englebright, Olde World Collectible Ornament, Willow Tree Angels, Nativities, and Big Sky Carvers.

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 p.m. 406-961-6895 Corvallis, MT 59828 20

Auroras Salon & Tanning

1025 Main in Corvallis, MT 406.961.4248 •



Memories Cafe


1017 Eastside Hwy. • Corvallis, MT 59828

To the Daly Mansion 7 Miles


Sticks and Stones Home and Garden Shop A hidden sanctuary nestled in the heart of Corvallis on main street. Come discover unique treasures for your home or garden. Artists Bryn and Eileen Hartness are always creating new pieces to add to their beautiful garden. While touring the Bitterroot Valley, make Sticks and Stones your Destination.

1033 Main St, Corvallis, MT 59828, (406) 381-4057

Sharpest little shop in the ‘Root! Hand made, hand crafted, from Damascus steel and other premium steels. Your choice! Each of Richard Morris’s knife making features an exquisite design and gorgeous handcrafted handles. Every blade is unique! Richard will work to reinvent your old knife, or skillfully create a knife specific to your needs. Custom Sharpening, 1027 Main St., Corvallis, MT 59828, (406) 961-6963

1027 Main St, Corvallis, MT 59828, (406) 961-6963

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Daly Mansion Summer Schedule


2 miles from Downtown Hamilton - off of Highway 93, and 48 miles south of I-90 is the historic home of one of Montana’s legendary Copper Barons Marcus Daly (1843-1900), and his wife Margaret Price Daly (1853-1941). Purchased by the State in 1986 the Mansion is now operated by the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust – “dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Daly Mansion . . . its history . . . as a center for education, cultural and community activities.” This beautiful grounds and estate is a must stop for all visitors, tourists and especially Montanans. Tour daily through out the summer.

Feel Good . . . about the history you are making! It is hard work to leave your mark on our society and you want to be at your best. Whether you are on vacation or live in Western Montana, Kelly and the medical staff will keep you at the top of your game. Starting with low cost, effective preventive medicine and sports physicals, to urgent care for the whole family. First Choice will make your life better, without hurting your pocket book.

Hamilton, MT 186 S 3rd St (406) 375-9555 22

June 2-October 8: Montana Portraits Exhibit~Artist Robert Neaves June 25-28: Youth History Camp: 9am-3pm June 28: Children’s Lawn Party:: 1pm July 21st: Kids In The Garden~Hamilton Garden Club: 11am July 26th: Bitterroot Community Band Concert: 6pm July 28th: Daly Days: 11am-4pm August 4th: An Evening Under The Stars~ A Fundraiser for the Daly Mansion and Arboretum: August 18th: Bitterroot Dusters Car Show: August 24-26: Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival August 29th: MSU Shakespeare in The Park: 6pm October 26th: Haunted Mansion Party & Sleepover: -time tba November 2-4: Holly Jolly Craft Show: -times tba December 15th: Community Christmas Party: -times tba

First Choice Medical Clinic

Missoula, MT 702 SW Higgins Ave. (406) 375-9555

Program Highlights May 24, 2012 - October 15, 2012 Exhibit: Science in Wonderland Ravalli County Museum is partnering with Rocky Mountain Laboratories and local artists to feature, “Science in Wonderland,” a project that brings together the two disciplines of science and art to create a fascinating exhibit complete with class work and presentations from local schools. See the deadly beauty of some of the world’s most lethal diseases. Check back with us for dates, lecture offerings and presentations from artists and scientists involved in the exhibit.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 6pm Animal Tales: Spirits and Legends Come to Life Listen to Native Peoples’ stories and then see them come to life when our Animal Ambassadors demonstrate the tales in true 3D! Learn the lessons that helped teach the next generation about honor, respect, and danger. Why should you never kill a spider? What is Turtle Island? How did kangaroo get her pouch? Some lessons are still in use today; and some stories help bring to light an animal’s unique qualities. The Animal Ambassadors of Animal Wonders bring the stories to life and teach how and why the native peoples passed down so many legends about the wild animals that shared the land. This event is in collaboration with the Bitterroot Public Library.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 9am -12:30pm 32nd Annual Bitter Root Day with Enhanced Programming! Join us for the annual celebration of the Montana State Flower, the Bitter Root! This American Indian themed festival includes arts, crafts, food & produce from local vendors as well as Live Music. Breathe in the fresh spring air, get yourself some Wild Game Soup and enjoy a day outdoors with your neighbors and friends. Join the Jerky contest and show off your Jerky making abilities. Come see the debut of the new Lewis & Clark Garden and learn something new at the outdoor exhibit. 2 nd

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 2pm Event: An Afternoon of Cowboy Music & Poetry Sit under the maple trees and listen to a few yarns and tales gracefully told by talented cowboy poets. The art of yodeling and some good cowboy pickin’ will also be heard. Refreshments will be available. Tickets go on sale in June at Ravalli County Museum, Chapter One Books and The Music Box. $10.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members.

Bitter Root Valley Historical Society 205 Bedford Hamilton, MT Phone: 406.363.3338

Saturday, October 6, 2012 9am - 3pm 33rd Annual McIntosh Apple Day Hailed as the Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky, the Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival is not one to be missed! Enjoy arts, crafts, food & produce from our local Hamilton Farmers Market as well as new vendors from outside the area. The highlight of the day is our signature Bake Sale. Locally grown, hand-picked Apples lovingly crafted into made-from-scratch Apple Pies, Caramel Apples, BBQ Pork with Apple Chutney and our famous Apple Butter. Purchase raffle tickets to get the chance to win from over 100 raffle items, donated by the vendors. Sign up for the silent auction and enjoy live entertainment. Become a vendor! Download a form at

Thursday, December, 20, 2012 6pm Exhibit: Opening Reception of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine On display December 20, 2012 - January 26, 2013 In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, and a literary Potter’s phenomenon was born. Millions World of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibit in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Laboratories and the National Institute of Health.


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For For Fun, Fun, Merriment, Merriment, Entertainment, Entertainment, & & Feasting Feasting

Grounds of the Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton, Montana Grounds of the Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton, Montana

Come Rain or Shine You are Hereby Summoned to Gather on the Come Rain or Shine You are Hereby Summoned to Gather on the


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to the Grand Celebration

Come One, Come All!


Puppeteers Kids Area & More

11 am – 9 pm on Friday & Saturday • 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday Proceeds to go to the Bitterroot Humane Association

Vendor Market Entertainments Food & Drink Minstrels Beer & Mead Dancing

Demonstrations Will Feature: The Order of Epona & The Society for Creative Anachronism

Your Prayers are Answered!


Hwy ‘93 is completed . . . Now 4-Lanes from Hamilton to Missoula!

Bike, Walk, Run, Drive Hwy 93 Pedestrian/Bike Path Completed, Lolo to Hamilton

Ribbon Cutting August 11th in Victor. Montanan’s will remember the bumper sticker from the ‘80’s: “Pray for me I drive highway 93”? Well Your prayers have been answered. Let the celebration begin. Hwy. 93 is now a completed 4-lane highway from Missoula to Hamilton. This multi-year construction process, includes award winning, stateof-the-art, construction techniques that were the culmination of cooperation and hard work of many groups: including the Focus Groups, W.G.M., MT D.O.T., the contractors, the MT Dept. of Fish Wildlife and Parks, just to name a few of the major players. Travel time from Missoula to Hamilton has been reduced by as much as 15 minutes; and safety improved immensely. A wonderful, paved, bike and walking path now runs the full 36 miles, Lolo to Hamilton. Curbs, lane dividers, landscaping, and turnouts increased safety and enhanced esthetics.

event begins at 4 p.m., with the ribbon cutting across Hwy. 93 in Victor and continues in Victor’s Garden Club Park, one block west of Hwy. 93, with the Congratulatory Awards Ceremony.

August 11, is scheduled for the official ribbon cutting and awards presentation in Victor Montana, 35 miles south of Missoula and 9 miles north of Hamilton. Join the Bitterroot Community, the contractors, and state officials, in a celebration of community, government and engineering that has already been used as a model for other highway projects across the Northwest. The

All are invited to make the beautiful drive along Hwy. 93, and join in thanking those who worked tirelessly coordinating this multi-million dollar, state of the art, construction project. Highway 93 is now 4-lanes from Missoula to Hamilton. Your prayers have been answered.

Welcome to Victor, Montana. Enjoy our new Highway 93! Victor Liquor Agency an official Montana State liquor store has not only every hard liquor you could ever want, but a fantastic selection of fine wines, domestic and imported, and champagnes as well. At the stop light.

406.642.3805 2400 S. Hwy. 93 Victor, MT

Pat Baker Painted Mountain Gallery Renowned for her detailed accuracy and unique story telling ability, Pat Baker gets so much depth into her art that the viewer can walk right in and dream away. The West lives and Pat brings it alive for you. You too can own her wonderful works of art. Both originals and high quality giclee on canvas prints are available. Contact Pat for information and pricing on custom size prints and commissions.

406.642.6966 1771 US Hwy. 93 N, Mile Post 56 Victor, MT 26

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Fly Fishing The Bitterroot

is a western experience like no other, mists lifting off morning water turning to crisp mountain days on the Bitterroot River. Days are full of fly rods casting over riffles and glides, watching for rising trout, hoping a skwala was the right choice. Sunshine or clouds, a day being on the river is worth it.

Fly fishing vacations in Montana are lifetime experiences. Guided river

adventures in Montana are known for endless views of snow-capped mountains, pure clean waters, towering Ponderosa Pine forests, bald eagles, elk, and a million more sights and smells. We love it, that’s why we live here. Our guides enjoy seeing the smiles on your face when you see a mule deer standing in the river, or are hooked into a healthy rainbow trout while wading a run.

The Bitterroot River

starts its fame as far back as the stories from Lewis and Clark. They remembered this river as the southern guide from Traveler’s Rest. Today, fishermen float the Bitterroot River for world-class trout fishing, gin clear mountain waters, and endless vistas of the Bitterroot Mountains.

From its origins in the Pintlar Mountains and the

southern Bitterroot Mountains, the Bitterroot River flows north through the towns of Sula, Darby, Hamilton, Stevensville, Florence, and Missoula. The river is known for fishermen enjoying days of catching primarily Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, with a smattering of feisty Brown Trout. Though the Bitterroot River passes through a populated valley, we commonly see elk, deer, moose, Bald Eagles and Osprey, ducks and other waterbirds, the occasional river otter, and many other critters residing in the lush river corridor.

The fishing guides for Sula Mountain Fly Fishing have been guid-

ing fishing trips on the Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Madison River, and the Missouri for many years. These guided trips are run by guides who understand that great fly fishing trips come from being passionate about living on the river, fishing, and Montana’s big sky.

Sula Mountain Fly Fishing provides expert guided fly fishing trips

in the Montana West. You can look forward to experienced guides taking you to the best water, patient instruction, a big healthy lunch, a safe and well equipped boat, and expert knowledge of the river and community. Fish the Bitterroot river with professional guides. Enjoy panoramic views of the Bitterroot Mountain Range, crystal clear mountain water, populations of wild trout, and end of day camaraderie over pints with good folks at one of our local micro breweries. Book Your Guided Trip Now: Call: 406.210.0142 or Email Jed Fitzpatrick. MT Outfitter #8392 244 Hoss Drive Hamilton, MT 59840 (406)210-0142


Downtown Hamilton

During Daly Days July 27-28, 2012

On Main in Hamilton Making you happy at home!

S a v i n g i s E a s y! at more than 50 participating Hamilton 1. Shop businesses from now through July 27th. Save all of your receipts in the Buy Local envelope 2. available at participating local businesses. The total of your receipts is “as good as cash” to 3. bid at the Daly Days Buy Local Live Auction.

Join the fun! Downtown Hamilton

Farmers Market every Saturday: 9-12:30 First Friday’s Event: Every first Friday of every month. Free Admission Thursday Evenings: The Museum at The Old Courthouse

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Montana Mule Days, Ravalli County Fairgrounds Bitter Root Day, Ravalli County Museum Senior Pro Rodeo, Ravalli County Fairgrounds

July 2012

27-28 Daly Days, Downtown Art in the Park, Brew Fest American Legion Park 27-28 Art in the Park, Downtown


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10-12 Renaissance Faire, Claudia Driscoll Park 29-1 Ravalli County Fair, Ravalli County Fairgrounds

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2nd Street Sushi


From Fine Cuisine and Perfectly Grilled Steaks to Fast Food on the Go … Hamilton Has it All




Fresh sushi in Hamilton, MT? It might seem improbable ... but boy, do they deliver! For sushi on par with that found in Tokyo, San Francisco, Seattle, or New York City stop in at 2nd Street Sushi in Hamilton. You will also find inventive rolls, nice gyoza and perhaps the best chicken Teriyaki around topped off with good sake and beer. This is a treasure for a small town.


322 S. 2nd St. Hamilton • 406.363.0600



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The cornerstone of Figaro's menu is their pizza, baked and ready to eat or as take-andbake but they feature other tasty items such as calzones, fresh salads, hot wings and bread sticks. They also have Gluten-Free crusts which are free of dairy, egg and soy. In an era when both parents often work outside the home and there's a universal demand for speed, quality, value and convenience, Figaro's is there to meet these needs for busy families. 1151 N 1st St, Ste B • Hamilton • 406.375.0164 •

The Coffee Cup Cafe


The place to go,, breakfast lunch or dinner, for generous portions of great home cooking while relaxing in the changeable, eclectic collectibles decor. The Home-made pies are simply wonderful and they serve a mean sticky bun beautifully gooey with raisins and melted sugar. When it is in season, you have to try the rhubarb pie, your taste buds will never be the same.

500 S. 1st St. Hamilton • 406.363.3822


Fiesta en Jalisco


The first Fieasta en Jalisca restaurant was established in 1994 by four cousins with family roots in the small town of Ayutla, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco. That first restuarant proved to be such a great success that now there are several in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Stop in for great reasonably priced food, good service and a bright, clean atmosphere or call your order in for take out.

1659 N 1st St Ste 9 • Hamilton • 406.363.4339 201 Main Street • Stevensville • 406.777.0014


Hangar Cafe It is worth the short drive to the Ravalli County Airport just to eat in this open, airy cafe amidst the flight decor. The environment and ambience are different from anywhere else and there is no need to drive up and park a plane to enjoy the good food and family atmosphere. This friendly, family run restaurant offers simple fresh and tasty food, made from scratch. They do not buy anything frozen, even the hamburger and eggs are local. They offer a full breakfast line-up as well as burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Open Tues-Sun: 7 am-3 pm • 300 Airport Road, Hamilton • 406.363.7452

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Whether you seek to relax and recharge with a delectable latte and a good book, or enjoy a cup of organic tea made from the finest loose leaf, Liaisons Coffee House is the place to go. At Liaisons, you will find friendly baristas serving up delicious, smooth espresso drinks along with a warm, inviting atmosphere and free wireless internet. Liaisons also offers gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, chai and smoothies! Conveniently located right across the street from the Roxy Theatre.

111 North 2nd St • Hamilton • 406.363.3163

The Loft



The loft is an eclectic little deli restaurant with a cozy, warm atmosphere, upstairs over Robbins on Main. They offer enticing daily specials and have a varied menu. From tasty breakfasts to unique sandwich offerings everything is fresh and home made — they even roast and slice their own New York style pastrami to build “The Ultimate” of reubens. Their delicious soups are made from scratch and the deli case is always filled with delicious desserts and entrees that change daily. Grab a meal to go when on the run or stay and enjoy the view from above it all.

Mon-Sun: 8am-3pm 217 West Main Street • Hamilton • 406-375-8624 •

Moose Creek Barbecue


They cook “low and slow” at Moose Creek Barbecue using just the right amount of smoke to create a taste that is winning fans and competitions all around the Northwest. Only the highest quality meats are selected for their award winning Barbecue and it makes a difference! The menu offers sandwiches, plates and serious catering — from family packages to hundreds of people. Their portions are huge with excellent pulled pork and tender Beef brisket. They offer five sauces, ranging from sweet to hot, including a mustard sauce. If you like a good smoking, check out Moose Creek Barbecue.

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105 North 2nd Street • Hamilton • 406.363.9152 •

Naps Grill

Through many evolutions the Signal Grill has become one of those rare classy restaurants. It is an unpretentious little gem in the Bitterroot Valley. You will enjoy the warm and soothing atmosphere from the water fountain that greets you just inside the door to the fresh food and creative recipes. Appetizers include excellent calamari and homemade Scottish Eggs (hard boiled, wrapped in home made sausage, breaded, and deep fried). They boast a large variety of fish, chicken, and steak dishes, including “Greek” style with feta cheese or a Montana huckleberry sauce but also serve fantastic burgers with home made potato chips, and the warm dark chocolate souffle à la mode is to die for. The Signal is all about fresh, quality ingredients and home made cuisine, from Montana grass fed beef and fresh from the garden vegetables to local eggs. Everything is made from scratch, there are no preservatives, and delicious vegetarian dishes are part of the menu. Enjoy a local microbrew on Tap at the bar or something from their great wine selection. 10

Brunch on Sat & Sun • Lunch, Mon-Sat: 11-4 • Dinner, Mon-Sun 4-Closing 131 W Main • Hamilton, MT • 406.375.9099


Voted Western Montana’s Best Burger, Salad & Takeout, Naps Grill has been serving award winning burgers for over 15 years. This locally owned, family restaurant offers exceptional customer service and excellent meals made from fresh high quality ingredients and their generous portions guarantee you will not leave hungry. From the secret mandarin salad dressing and wonderful salads to the pure Montana beef, excellent steaks, burgers, sandwiches, and some of the best onion rings you will ever eat, Naps is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner.

Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm • Sun: 11am-4pm 220 North 2nd Street • Hamilton • 406.363.0136 •

Taco del Sol


Great food, large portions at a fantastic price, inexpensive beer that goes well with the food, and the staff is always friendly at this local jewel of a taquería. If you crave a good Tex-Mex style burrito, a great fish burrito, or equally good fish taco, head over to Taco del Sol. Ask for a “Cuban” to savor their pulled pork or order the Nachos for a heaping plate that will keep you busy for a while. Order to stay or to go and they will build your meal right before your eyes.

11am-8pm Daily • 225 West Main Street, Hamilton • 406.375.8226 •

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Downtown Hamilton The Spice of Hamilton Karen Suennen, chef and owner of Spice of Life Cafe has created a dining experience that is welcoming to everyone. This summer check out their new menu featuring cozy comfort foods which highlight flavors from all over the world, carefully created with the freshest regional and local ingredients available. Fresh fish and seafood, natural meats, and vegetarian options, are available  and they have a fun kid’s menu.  Local beer and a great selection of wine is served. The restaurant does not take reservations and guests are encouraged to come as they are whether just off the trail or down the from the ski hill!  Check out the daily specials on their web site and find them on Facebook! Located in historic downtown Hamilton. Open for lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11-2 and  dinner  Wed.-Sat. 5-9 , Closed Sundays. 406.363.4433 • 163 South 2nd Street • Hamilton, MT -

“Hamilton’s Home for Italian!”

– Bella Valle is the place to go for an outstanding dining experience. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio and our popular Pesto Chicken Salad while relaxing outside on the best patio seating in town. Or join us inside the romantic 1905 Victorian home for a nice bottle of Chianti and a generous portion of Spaghetti and Meatballs. The diverse menu has something for everyone in your family, including the bambinos! Using only the freshest ingredients, and many cherished recipes from Ischia Italy, Bella Valle proudly serves Montana made pastas, meats, wines and beers. Make sure to save room to indulge in our delightful home made Tiramisu. Simply divine! Opened in August of 2011, Hal & Laura are thrilled to be back home in Montana and welcome you to stop and say hello. Find us on Facebook, or visit Open Tuesday –Sunday for both lunch and dinner. Take out available.

406-375-5078 -- 315 S 3rd Street in Hamilton – across from the Old Courthouse Museum.

A Montana Fiesta The first Fiesta en Jalisco restaurant was established in 1994 by four cousins with family roots in the small town of Ayutla, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The dishes are authentic, mouth-watering Mexican cuisine. And you will always find your favorite drink. Now, due great popularity Fiesta en Jalisco has several restaurants in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Stop in for great food, reasonably priced, excellent service and a bright, very clean, Mexican atmosphere. Call in and take service is also available.

Hamilton 1659 N. First #9 phone: (406) 363-4339 32

Stevensville 201 Main Street phone: (406) 777-0014

Chapter One Book Store offers books and gifts that go well beyond the ordinary. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding customer service and furnishing value beyond the cover price, making us a cornerstone of downtown Hamilton. No bookstore would be complete without an espresso cart, and we’re no exception. Sipping a latte while you browse our unique selection with a view of the mountains out each window makes Chapter One an experience you don’t want to miss.

Shawn Wathen & Mara Lynn Luther Chapter One Book Store 252 Main Street Hamilton, MT 59840 406/363-5220

“Best Dang Cup of Coffee in Hamilton” Located in the “Cultural Epicenter” knows as Chapter One Bookstore,

Jitterz Espresso has been a downtown “must-stop” for the true Bitterroot experience. Jitterz Espresso is known for it’s friendly homey atmosphere. . . not to mention great coffee drinks. Let Jitterz make you the “best dang cup of coffee” in Hamilton.

Located in Chapter One Book Store 252 Main Street Hamilton, MT 59840


Bringing the unexpected to the Bitterroot.

Explore Between the Worlds

A beautiful store full of intriguing possibilities, with a peaceful, positive

energy where any seeker is welcome. This is the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula area’s metaphysical and spiritual resource. Their goal is to serve as a gateway for many spiritual paths and provide a wide range of tools for conscious living. Between the Worlds has books, crystals, jewelry, divination tools, tarot, gemstone pendulums, prayer flags, incense, candles and oils of intention, music and magical skin care products. They offer healing energy work, a spiritual discussion group, psychic readings, tarot readings, henna body art, classes and lectures.

205 West Main Street Hamilton, (406) 363-2969

Serendipitous Shopping at Serendipity Boutique The definition of Serendipity is “to discover some- your outfit or a prom dress we have it all! Name brand fashions at wholesale prices keep thing fortunate: the accidental discovery of something pleasant, valuable, or useful.” Each shopping experience here at Serendipity promises to be full of fun and surprise discoveries. Whether you are looking for cool T’s, flirty dresses, the perfect pair of jeans, shoes to complete

our customers coming back for more. We are also the only location in the Bitterroot for tuxedo rentals for all those special occasions. We offer unique wedding dresses and formal wear. Under new ownership this year the store is expanding and offering more and more daily! Come in today to experience “Serendipity!”

Find us on facebook “Serendipity Lane” Open Monday – Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-5.

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Downtown Hamilton River Rising Bakery

Bakery, Deli Espresso River Rising is a popular local deli offering gourmet sandwiches,

fresh baked goods and tasty espresso. They have grilled and cold gourmet deli sandwiches, soups & salads, even wireless internet. River Rising is the gathering place for downtown shoppers and business owners to take a break, grab coffee, tea or juice and enjoy breakfast and lunch. You won’t go wrong at River Rising.

M-F 6:30 am–5:30 pm, Sat 8 am–4 pm, Sun 8 am–2 pm 337 W. Main St. • Hamilton, MT • 406.363.4552

Me & Mom Me and Mom is a specialty store downtown Hamilton, featuring

children’s clothes from 0 to 6X, Robeez shoes, and gift items that make great shower gifts. We have a wide variety of learning toys again for ages 0 to 99. Games and puzzles to science kits you will have fun while learning Me and Mom also carries a great line of art kits, including the new Master Kitz that help you reproduce your own classic art painting, complete with canvas. Just in at the store is the addition of jewelry, scarves, and great purses for mom. So come in and shop for the kids in your life and pick up something for yourself. Me and Mom a great store kids, and now for great Moms too.

305 Main St., Hamilton, MT 406-363-3605

The Rag Bag

A Unique Little Boutique

You will love it! The Rag Bag specializes in gently used and new clothing.

With an exceptional clothing selection, most from out of state, all pieces are carefully chosen by Jerri, Sari, and Amy. You will be pleased with the quality as well as the price. The Rag Bag is not a consignment shop. Started as a personal shopping service to women on a budget, it has grown into an amazing boutique you will want to visit weekly. An exotic, fun “Bohemian” place to put the perfect outfit together.

Mon–Fri 10 am–5:30 pm, Sat 10 am–4 pm 307 W Main St, Hamilton, MT 406-363-8855 34

Welcome To Angler’s Roost Montana! Located on the Bitterroot River where Hwy. 93 crosses the river just south of Hamilton. Centrally located in the Bitterroot Valley, staying at Angler’s Roost you will be just a short scenic drive to the areas many ghost towns, museums, the Big Hole Battlefield, natural hot springs, the SelwayBitterroot Wilderness, National Forest, and of course shopping, farmers markets, golf courses, Not to mention thousands of trout just yards away from your camp and dozens more lakes and streams to fish just minutes from your camp. Anglers Roost is the perfect find for the family getaway, or the hard core sportsman. With one-quarter mile of Bitterroot River shoreline, 70 RV and Tent Camp sites with showers Raft and equipment rentals, boat launch and shuttles, Grocery store, laundry, and knowledgeable staff to get you started in the right direction. For all of you sportsmen, a well stocked fishing tackle and hunting department is available as well. Reservations are always recommended, especially during the busy May thru September season.

815 Hwy 93 S. Hamilton, MT 59840 Phone: (406) 363-1268 Email:


Camping on the Bitterroot!

Coyote Outdoors

Gear, Guns & Cigars Coyote Outdoors, just fourteen miles from the SelwayBitterroot Wilderness, (the third largest Wilderness area in the lower 48 states) – is ready to help outfit your trip. Whether you are hiking into bear country, floating the river, (which is just 1 mile from the store) or looking for a new hunting rifle, Coyote Outdoors is easy to find, and ready to ensure you have safe and successful trip into the mountains surrounding the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. (As a class III firearms dealers you will find a broader selection here than at most hunting stores) You will find clothing to bear spray, firearms to flies and hiking boots to camping gear. Not too mention a classic selection of fine cigars. And it is all just south of Main on 2nd Street.

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Montana Art & Artists Lisa Archer Silks

art, antiques and collectables

Lisa Archer Silks, art, antiques and collectables

Entrepreneur and artist, Lisa Archer, can be found in her back room studio creating fine hand painted one-of-a-kind silks, unique and original flutter jackets, Montana feather scarves, pillows, wall art and other custom pieces. Please come in and enjoy the many unusual and eclectic collectible items in her antique store and art gallery along with the featured Montana artist of the month. | email: 213 Main Street | Stevensville MT 406-360-3698

Discover your own Montana Sapphires The Sapphire Studio carries a variety of Made in Montana products. The most popular

is of course a large selection of genuine Montana Sapphire jewelry – all made with sapphires from Montana sapphire deposits. For years people have come to Montana to mine their own Montana sapphires. At the Sapphire Studio you to can wash and screen your own sapphire gravel - right here in Hamilton! The Sapphire Studio will take you through the entire mining to jewelry process, beginning to end, helping you select your own unique piece of jewelry to beautifully display the sapphire that you mined yourself! They have everything needed to do a day of mining, including “gravel to go,” and mining gift kits. You will also find a large selection of beautiful, finished Sapphire jewelry. And they will help you select a finished gemstone and jewelry piece for mounting – creating a totally custom, personal treasure from the Treasure State! Other gifts include fun ‘mining kits’ for the little ones, and other locally made Montana handcrafted items. So come on in and get a little piece of Montana for yourself. The Sapphire Studio is located a short three miles from the center of downtown Hamilton, so you can do your mining, shopping, and still have lots of time to explore the beautiful Bitterroot Valley.

Sapphire Studio | 140 Aspen Grove Ln. | Hamilton, MT 406.363.6650

William Muñoz: Capturing Light His parents gave him a camera for graduation from high school. Fourteen years later he became a full-time photographer. William (Bill) Muñoz graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in history and now resides in Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley. He has provided photographs for more than 100 books, including the works of Dorothy Patent Hinshaw. Bill appreciates the need for his photography to spark a child’s imagination. It is the ‘wonder’ of the world of nature that he feels and attempts to capture in his images. The Bitterroot is proud to have William Muñoz living here, capturing the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in his photography. • 406-381-0691


When it is Your Day, you want everything to be perfect, especially the photography. Enchantment Photography will be there for you. With years of experience specializing in Wedding and Portrait photography, you will always have wonderful memories of “Your Beautiful Day in the Bitterroot”!

Wedding Packages, including sit down photos with the Bride and Groom after the ceremony, start at $500. Packages include a custom processed images on a disk, custom Wedding Photo Album, and extra prints.

Call Becka (406-531-2138) for a consult, a quote. Email her at

The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique Loving, painstaking care defines everything they do at The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique, because they do it all by hand. From start to finish; from mixing and blending oils, butters and other ingredients, to curing, packaging, labeling and shipping, they do it all … by hand. Their goal is to make the best soaps, lotions, and other products available — anywhere, at any price. You will feel pampered while using any products made by The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique and love the way your skin feels after. They specialize in Goat’s Milk soaps and skin creams as well as beeswax based products such as Solid Lotion Bars, Lip Butters Balms and Salves. All of their products are their own unique formulations, made from scratch. They also strive to use as many local ingredients as possible; the beeswax for example comes from producers located throughout the Bitterroot Valley. Be sure to check out their other great new, all natural products: deodorant, Bugz Bee Gone and sun screen. Lot for their, soon to be released, new essential oil blends. • 406-360-9292

Catch Montana, offers unique hand made gifts using American Feathers. April makes various beautiful earrings and feather hair extensions while John ties incredible flies - besides being a full service fishing guide (Adza #77). Catch Montana feather-accessories are of the highest quality and custom orders are welcome. They also offer shipping to any location. You can find their products at the 2nd St. Market and the Saturday Farmers Open Market, both in Hamilton. This coupon is good only at 2nd Street Market in Hamilton. Look for the Catch Montana booth at many events throughout the Valley. 406-381-6618 F romR iver toR


Making your day a “Beautiful Day in the Bitterroot!

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Montana Art & Artists


The Crystal Lady Bonnie Klein has been fascinated with Crystals, Rocks and collecting

since she was little. This hobby has now expanded and you will find her fantastic assortment of Crystals, including Citrine Crystals, Aragonite and Smoky Quartz, unique Rock Jewelry, even polished heart gemstones at the Second Street Market. Bonnie also appraises Rock and Crystal collections. You will also see Bonnie’s and her work at many of the weekend events in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley.

406.381.3345 Box 532 Victor, MT 59875

Purses by Kathryn Call it Encouragement. That was the driving force behind Kathryn Helgeland’s succesful venture into sharing her crochet creations with the world. Her second career comes from her passion to crochet. Her purses are very popular. And the kids and grand kids will appreciate the hand made baby dresses, hats, booties, Angel afagans. Even fleece blankets with crochetted edges are available. See Kathryns work at the 2nd Street Market in Hamilton.

Questions? Email Kathryn at

Jewelry by Jan Designing and making jewelry is more than a hobby, and more than a job for this artist. Born and raised in Darby Montana, Jan Spannuth finds it relaxing and fun, to create a beautiful wearable pieces of art for you to enjoy. Every piece is unique. She also carries Mojo Bracelets which are said to be like a human body tune up. Almost everyone will benefit from an increase in balance, energy, strength and flexibility. Jan’s family has experienced the benefits. You can try one of the Mojo Bracelets and see Jan’s original jewelry at the 2nd Street Market, open Wednesday -Saturday 12 to 5. 175 South 2nd B • Hamilton, MT

Peace and Blessings from Carol Carol Sanders is a massage therapist in Hamilton Montana. One day

a couple of years ago when she discovered Himalayan Salt Lamps, she purchased several for her massage studio. Her clients were instantly attracted to these beautiful lamps. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. The Himalayan Salt Lamps go perfectly with massage therapy and as a healthy addition to any room! They are Natural Air Purifiers, emitting negative ions and creating a serene, peaceful healing atmosphere. These amazing lamps make unique gifts that are not only attractive but healthful too! Come and see the different shapes and sizes at the 2nd Street Market and at Between the Worlds.. Hearts – $5-$7; Candle Holders – $12-15; Salt Lamps – $20-$100; Table Salt – $3-$20.

At the 2nd Street Market, 175 S, 2nd, Hamilton 406.369.0282

The “Players” next season will include eight wonderful productions, beginning with The Sound of Music June 15. This year’s “season” will actually run through November 2013. Here are the shows planned for 2012 and 2013 at the Hamilton Playhouse! • June 15-17, June 22-24, June 29July 1 - The Sound of Music • August 17-19 , August 24-26 Wally’s Cafe • October 19-21, October 26-28 The Diary of Anne Frank • February 22-24, March 1-3, March 8-10, 2013 - Sweeney Todd • April 19-21, April 26-28, 2013 The Women • June 14-16, June 21-23, June 28-30, 2013 Anything Goes • August 16-18, August 23-25, 2013 Nunsense • November 1-3, Nov. 8-10, Nov. 15-17, 2013 (To Be Announced)

Good Eatin’

Custom-made rustic breads

NO fat d NO oil d NO sugar d NO dairy 18-hr. fermentation d diabetic friendly

• whole wheat flour • yeast • water • salt

Upon request grains • cheese chiles • fruits herbs

Two types of Season Tickets offered:


Season Tickets on Sale Now!

8-Show Schedule: The full 8-show schedule for 2012 and 2013, and you’ll be able to vote for the 2nd Annual Hammy Awards. A $128 value for $120. 5-Show Schedule: A 5-show “family season ticket” which includes The Sound of Music, Wally’s Cafe, The Diary of Anne Frank, Anything Goes and the Nov. 2013 K-12 kids production, yet to be named. An $80 value for $75.

Plus! The Hamilton Players have some special events booked for the theater. • August 29, 2012 - Shakespeare in the Parks at the Daly Mansion • Sept. 8, 2012 - Broadway & Bubbly • November 10, 2012 - The Diva Pageant • January 12, 2013 - Forbidden Bitterroot • September 14, 2013 - Broadway & Bubbly

The Hamilton Playhouse Call M-F 1–5 pm 406.375.9050 100 Ricketts Rd • Hamilton, MT

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•Hunt & Fish •Bicycle Roads and Trails •Horseback Ride for days •MotorcycleTour winding roads •Scenic Drives for hours or days •Explore the WildernessArea •Relax in natural Hot Springs •Enjoy the kids at Island Park or City Park •Fly into Salmon Airport •Visit the Birthplace of Sacajawea •Get educated at the Historical Museum and Sacajawea Center •Float, Fish, Raft the River of No Return in the White Water Capitol of the World •Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail

Where Idaho Goes to Vacation

Salmon, Idaho . . .

J u n e


J u l y

August 1 Blues, Brews & BBQ 22-29 Lemhi County Fair 17-19 Heritage Days

200 Main Street • Salmon, Idaho 83467 1.800.727.2540 • 208.756.2100


O c t o b e r

8 Pink Tea 31 Merchant’s Trick or Treat


12 Salmon Marathon 11-13 Gibbonsville Bluegrass Festival


Art Council Dinner Theater Missoula Children’s Theater Hunter’s Ball

This Fall

~ A u g u s t ~ S e p t e m b e r S a l m o n V a l l e y E v e n t s

6 White Water Therapuetic Riding Ride-a-thon 12 Singer songwriter Greats 13-14 Antique & Custom Car Show

Stock Car Races – Throughout the summer Baseball /Softball Tournaments Children’s Art in the Park Shakespeare in the Park July Mountain Biking 2-5 Salmon River Days 3 Too Slim and the Taildraggers 2-31 Salmon Valley Art Show 21 WTTRA Cowboy Ball June

All Summer

Best of all, get away from it all

Salmon, Idaho

Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum With the belief that an understanding of history helps establish and maintain a sense of place and community, the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum dedicates itself to education through the preservation and interpretation of its ever-increasing artifact and photo collections. Enjoy the region’s history through the museum’s vivid exhibits, including:

The Lemhi Shoshone/Agaidika Artifacts This is the largest extant collection of artifacts from Sacajawea’s people available anywhere for viewing.

History of Life in the American West This collection illustrates the history of the area from the 1866 discovery of gold and other mineral riches to the growth of the cattle, sheep, crops, and timber industries. History is recreated with exhibits of historical implements, artifacts from everyday life, and a wide range of local historical photographs.

History of the Regional Chinese Community The museum exhibits a number of artifacts from the Chinese residents as well as a collection of photographs.

The Ray Edwards Asian Collection In 1966, to commemorate the efforts of his mining and ranching ancestors, the Ray Edwards estate donated a collection of Asian artifacts and provided funds to build the room in which they are exhibited. Edwards collected the Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan relics during a 1920s tour of Asia.

From the Ray Edwards Asian Artifact Collection

From the Regional Chinese Artifact Collection

208.756.3342 210 Main Street Salmon, Idaho 42

From the Lemhi Shoshone/ Agaidika Artifact Collection

From the Mining Artifact Collection

Artifact photos are © the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, all rights reserved. They were taken by Ilona McCarty of Open View Photography and are available as art prints, gift cards, and note cards at the museum gift shop where you can also find books and publications.

From the Ranching Artifact Collection

Salmon, Idaho

A Sense of History • A Sense of Place A Stronger Community

Main Street Salmon, Idaho — April ,1914 Potential wrangler in woolly chaps Lemhi Shoshone on Main Street in front of Shenon House in Salmon, Idaho Women of the West

Historical photographs are used courtesy of and © by the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, all rights reserved.

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SALMON, IDAHO • 208.756.1188 • 200 Main St. • Salmon, ID

The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center is cradled in the Lemhi River Valley between the Salmon River and the Beaverhead Mountains. Located in the heart of Sacajawea’s homeland, this seventyone acre park is dedicated to honoring and providing education about the great historical American heroine, Sacajawea, her people — the Agai Dika Lemhi Shoshone, and her role in the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. The unique historical aspects of the expedition within Lemhi County offer an opportunity for the center to not only bring greater understanding and enlightenment to all the people of the world about Native Americans including the Agai Dika Shoshone but to also promote local community arts, educational and recreational programs, and to preserve and promote conservation of our environment and open spaces. The Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day through the end of September. Enjoy their interpretive exhibits which focus on Sacajawea, her role in the Expedition, and the Agai Dika Shoshone perspective. Artifacts and other displays are supplemented by knowledgeable volunteers. The Sacajawea Center is not limited to static, indoor museum exhibits, the park and trails are open year-round and its unique outdoor

setting is the “natural choice for travelers.” Its river corridor and fields of open space encompass some of the best wildlife habitat in the valley, while providing a peaceful spot to take in scenic views of the stunning peaks of the Continental Divide. Plan to spend some time enjoying their lovely walking trails and their Outdoor Prograns. Whether it’s a little known historical fact or how to make your own natural dyes, you’re bound to leave the Sacajawea Center both entertained and enlightened. Their programs provide a hands-on experience, sometimes referred to as experiential learning. Don’t miss Mike Crosby’s Corps of Discovery Presentations at the Meriweather Theater on Saturdays throughout the summer or by special arrangements for your group. Sign up for a School of Discovery program and step back in time to a primitive 19th century village. Learn first hand about healing plants, softening a deer hide, preparing sinew for thread, turning stones and bones into useful tools, or fashioning baskets out of natural materials. If you did not sign up to participate, you are welcome to observe. Whether your preference is browsing exhibits, having a pleasant picnic while traveling, walking or biking on nature trails in a beautiful countryside, or hands on experiential learning, the Sacajewea Center will not disappoint.

Sacajawea Center Events & Programs 2012 June 2 7 8 8-10 9 14 15 15

National Trails Day Flint knapping, Making Arrowheads Creative Beading Agai Dika Lemhi Shoshone Days Weapons of the Fur Trade Fire Making Archeological Dig Day “Cowgirl Up!!!” a Western Concert featuring Patty Clayton and Sam DeLeeuw, Merriweather Theater 16 Deer Toe Wind Chimes 21-23 Self-Reliance Workshop 28 Challenge Course 1—ages 8-12 29 Small Buckskin Beaded Bags 30 Knife Making

July 5 7 10-12 12 13 14


Flint Knapping, Making Arrowheads Deer Hide/Raw Hide Knife Sheaths Water Adventure Camp, grades 2-4 Challenge Course 2—ages 12 and up Clay Day Family Challenge Course Day

17-19 19 20-21 24-27

Water Adventure Camp, grades 5-7 18th Century Clothing Hide Tanning Outdoor Discovery Camp, ages 9-12

2 3 4 8-18 17-18 23 24 25

Making Jerky & Pemmican Shingle Darts Rope Baskets The 1805 Living Experience Sacajawea Heritage Days Canadian Fur Hats Blanket Wool Mittens Loom Beading


Howl-O-Ween Family Fun Fest, 5:30-7 pm


Recurring Recurring

Kids Garden Club—Ages 6-12, every other Friday 9 amnoon, June 8 through September 14 Childrens Nature Hour, ages 5 & under, 10-11 am every other Wednesday, June 13 through August 22 Lewis and Clark Programs by Mike Crosby, Saturdays in the Meriweather Theater


Visitor Centor

Memorial Day Weekend through September 30 Mon-Sat:9am-5pm • Sun: 12:30pm-5pm Off Season: Open by Arrangement

Learning Center

Mon, Wed & Thurs: 9am-3pm • Tues & Fri: 9am-1pm


Over 6: $5 per person; Family (parents & children): $12 Groups & Tours: $4 per person — Call to schedule Ages 6 and under or Lemhi County Residents: Free


Mountain West Realty 1/2 page

Mountain West Real Estate is the most comprehensive brokerage in Salmon, Idaho, with a team of professional realtors to meet all your real estate needs. Buying or selling, they have the experience and professional skills to give you the highest quality service. They give sellers great exposure with a strong internet presence and their top notch agents are trained to provide buyers with the information they need to make an informed buying decision.

Call M OUNTAIN W EST Today 701 Main St. • Salmon, ID 83467 • 208-756-1800 •

Come Hibernate With Us

Spring, summer, winter, or fall it is essential that our guests be as comfortable as they deserve. Join us at the Bear Country Inn for your accommodation needs.

Come to the Salmon Valley for the white water rafting, wilderness areas, historical centers, museums, hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing.

Stay at Bear Country Inn for the pleasant accommodations: Continental Breakfast Hot Tub Reasonable Rates: Guest Laundry Refrigerator Rooms start at $52 Microwave Available Free Wii Corporate Rates Pet Friendly Cable TV Group Discounts Weekly Rates

King, Queen and Double beds available

Ma ke Reser va t ions • 208.756. 1499 • 1015 Ma i n S t ree t • S a l mon, I da ho 83467 F romR iver toR




On the Corner of Main and Terrace Streets in Salmon, Idaho 208.756.3232 888.725.3890

From Western to Modern — Functional Good Quality Merchandise

Since 1902 McPherson Dry Goods Company has occupied the same building on Salmon's historic Main Street. Over the years, McPhersons has strived to offer quality service and merchandise to the Salmon River Valley. They stock such famous brands as Levi, Carhartt, Montana Silversmiths, Ariat, Woolrich, Dansko and Best Home Furnishings. The western hat collection, alone, is worth the stop. Traded in by the famous, and not so famous, they tell their own stories by the sweat and hard work that went into creating each hat's unique look. Stop into shop and you can come away with some colorful history. Mon–Sat 9 am–5:30 pm. • Closed Sunday

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Lolo, Montana to Salmon, Idaho JUNE

129 Miles That Should Only Take All Summer!

Montana Mule Days Hamilton


Agai Dika Lemhi Shoshone Days Salmon


Bitterroot Days Hamilton

Western Heritage Days Stevensville


Senior Pro Rodeo Hamilton


Salmon River Days Salmon


Creamery Picnic Stevensville


Daly Days Downtown Hamilton

Summerfest 13 Hot Air Balloon Festival Stevensville

10-12 Renaisance Faire Hamilton


20-21 Elite Bull Connection Shoot-out in Darby


Sacajawea Heritage Days Salmon Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival in Hamilton



Ravalli County Fair Hamilton

Aug 29-Sep 1



Concert in Darby


Annual Salish Pilgrimage Stevensville Salmon Marathon Founders Day Salmon Stevensville






Darby Logger Days

Lemhi County Fair Salmon


Apple Day and Demolition Derby Hamilton


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M ikesell’s takes pride in their ability to carefully select a diverse selection of traditional,

modern and beautiful unique jewelry. Each piece is personally chosen to insure you the highest quality at the best price.

C ustom design and resetting require the trust you will only appreciate

once you have worked with Cindy Mikesell. Your jewelry and family keepsakes never leave the store and you will be speaking directly with the jeweler rejuvenating or creating your family treasures.

Repair and restoration require

a delicate touch, an eye for detail, the right equipment, and an understanding of the importance of your family jewelry. At Mikesell’s you talk with jewelry professionals. The Bitterroot Valley is their home, and you can trust them. Like a good friend they listen carefully to your desires and handle your family heirlooms with the respect they deserve. Mikesell’s considers it a privilege and honor to restore and preserve your family history.

201 W. Main St. Hamilton, MT 59840 • 406-363-6236

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