Hamilton Montana

In the middle of the Bitterroot Valley, in Ravalli County, is the county’s seat of Hamilton, Montana. Hamilton is home to over 4,000 people, and the immediate area around the town has somewhere over 12,000 people. Downtown Hamilton has several historic buildings with many unique shops and restaurants. Looking west on Main Street is a beautiful view of the mountains. Just finished in the spring of 2004, there is a newly revitalized downtown. New streetscape, trees, and street lamps make way to enjoy the unique downtown shops. Highway 93, which goes all the way through town, also boasts unique shops, grocery stores, and gas stations.

The Chamber of Commerce is located on the corner of Main and Highway 93. The city offices are located in the historic Bedford Building just across the street from the Ravalli County Courthouse. The Ravalli County Museum, housed in the old courthouse, was built in 1900. Each July, Hamilton comes alive as the entire town celebrates ‘Daly Days’ in honor of the city founder, Marcus Daly. This event includes arts, crafts, and food vendors on the streets. The local businesses hold their annual sidewalk sales, games for the kids, and just a block away at the park the Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Micro-Brew Festival; all this makes for a weekend of events, sharing, reminiscing with old friends, and meeting new friends. The events include a good ‘old fashioned’ street dance in the middle of town bringing the seniors and youngsters.

The town of Hamilton hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year including the Senior Pro Rodeo, which brings contestants from all over the United States and Canada, the Blue Grass Festival, Apple Days, and the Ravalli County Fair, are just a few of the events. Thanksgiving weekend brings the Christmas light parade complete with caroling, wood burning barrels to warm your hands, and hot cider for all to enjoy. Hamilton, the county seat, has an elected mayor in the community of 4,600+ in the city limits and sits on an elevation of 3,572.

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