Corvallis Montana School

Corvallis, Montana was one of the first settlements in the valley. Some of the Bitterroot’s most fertile soils are located in the Corvallis area and the community has a long agricultural history, which continues to this day. Corvallis is home to the Western Montana Agricultural Research Experiment Station. Numerous historic farmhouses along the Eastside Highway and along back roads attest to the area’s history, as do many buildings in the town area of Corvallis. Memories Cafe occupies a building built in 1881 as the first protestant church in the valley. The 1894 Methodist Church is now the Bell Tower Quilt Shop. The Brooks gift store occupies the former Brooks Hotel, ordered from a catalog and constructed in 1894! Bays Hardware on Main Street preserves the look and experience of a small-town hardware store.

A wagon train brought Elijah and Margaret Chaffin to the Corvallis area in 1864. The Chaffin homestead is now part of The Teller, a private wildlife refuge, which offers lodging in the historic Chaffin and Slack houses. In 1871, a post office was established in Corvallis and the town site was platted in 1879. Corvallis has grown along with the rest of the valley, but remains an unincorporated community.

In 1867, the first public school in what was then Missoula County was opened and Corvallis officially became School District No.1, a designation it still carries on Ravalli County records. Most residents would agree that the Corvallis community, in many ways, is centered around and defined by its schools. The Corvallis Schools have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and progressive, child-centered educational programs.

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