“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Stevensville, Montana

Clickable Map of Ravalli County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Ravalli County, MT (35) Beaverhead County, MT (43) Deer Lodge County, MT (9) Granite County, MT (27) Missoula County, MT (134) Idaho County, ID (87) Lemhi County, ID (74)  RavalliCounty(35) Ravalli County (35)  BeaverheadCounty(43) Beaverhead County (43)  DeerLodgeCounty(9) Deer Lodge County (9)  GraniteCounty(27) Granite County (27)  MissoulaCounty(134) Missoula County (134)  IdahoCountyIdaho(87) Idaho County (87)  LemhiCounty(74) Lemhi County (74)
Location of Stevensville, Montana
    Ravalli County (35)
    Beaverhead County (43)
    Deer Lodge County (9)
    Granite County (27)
    Missoula County (134)
    Idaho County, Idaho (87)
    Lemhi County, Idaho (74)
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1Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — "Removal" of Salish from Bitterroot Valley, 1855-1891
In the Hellgate Treaty negotiations (1855), Xwetxxcln (Plenty Horses or chief Victor) and the Selíš people rebuffed efforts of US officials to get them to abandon the choice lands of their ancestral Bitterroot Valley. After Xwetxxcln died, settlers . . . Map (db m123513) HM
2Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — An Ancient Cultural LandscapeSalish-Pend d'Oreille Place names in the Bitterroot Valley
From time immemorial, the Bitterroot Valley has been a central part of the aboriginal territory of the Salish people. Although the tribe is now based on the Flathead Indian Reservation north of Missoula, the Bitterroot remains a place of great . . . Map (db m123550) HM
3Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Calvin and Magdalene Cook House
Calvin and Magdalene Cook came to Montana from Kansas in 1880 and settled near Stevensville. Like many early settlers, the Cooks’ intent was to farm. After more than a decade of farming, however, business opportunities in Stevensville beckoned and . . . Map (db m123449) HM
4Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Denayer House
The DeNayer House is a fine example of transitional Queen Anne/Colonial Revival style architecture. The combination hipped and gabled roof and irregular floorplan are characteristic of the Queen Anne style while corner pilasters and clapboard siding . . . Map (db m123509) HM
5Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — First Baptist Church
The Stevensville Baptist congregation first organized as the Etna Baptist Church of Christ at the nearby Etna schoolhouse in 1882. In 1884, the growing membership purchased land in Stevensville and hired talented Missoula architect Thomas W. . . . Map (db m123451) HM
6Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — First State Bank Building300 Main Street — 1909 —
The First State Bank Building was built on the site of the first Ravalli County Courthouse. It is a well-preserved example of the classical-revival commercial style of early 20th century architecture. The First State Bank . . . Map (db m123444) HM
7Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Fort Owen State Monument
Fort Owen’s log and adobe walls witnessed dramatic changes as the Bitterroot Valley emerged from remote wilderness to settled agricultural community. The Jesuit fathers who had established St. Mary’s Mission nearby in 1841 closed their doors in . . . Map (db m123510) HM
8Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Gleason Building202 Main Street — 1910 —
When the Gleason Building was built on the southeast corner of Main and 2nd Street, a furniture store was an opportune investment. The Gleason Furniture Company occupied the first floor of this building. Later in the 1920s, the upper . . . Map (db m123387) HM
9Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Henry Buck/Stevensville Trading Co229 Main Street — 1906 —
The Henry Buck/Stevensville Trading Co. was constructed in response to the rapid influx of people putting down roots in the Bitterroot Valley during the homestead and apple boom eras. Large general merchandise stores were in great demand at . . . Map (db m123441) HM
10Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Hunter Building116 Main Street — 1888 —
The is one of the first and oldest brick buildings in town. In 1893 the Hunter Building was used as a saloon. Due to the Temperance movement in the early 1900s the saloon's license was revoked. After this time it went through a series . . . Map (db m123386) HM
11Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — IOOF Hall217 Main Street — 1912 —
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows building was built during the period of optimism and growth in Stevensville. The IOOF Hall played a significant humanitarian and social roll in the community. The upper level was . . . Map (db m123390) HM
12Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Porter & Buck Building317 Main Street — 1910 —
The Porter & Buck Building thrived as a grocery store until 1922. Porter and Buck Brothers served the growing population settling in the Bitterroot Valley. Beautiful glass tiles accent the transom and give it an artistic flair. . . . Map (db m123446) HM
13Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Saint Mary's Mission
Established in 1841 by Pierre DeSmet, S.J., in response to requests for Black Robes by four separate delegations sent by Flathead and Nez Perce tribes to St. Louis. Fr. DeSmet and his party erected Montana's first church immediately west on the bank . . . Map (db m123521) HM
14Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — St. Mary's Mission Historic District
Jesuit priests and lay brothers founded St. Mary’s Mission—the first mission in the Northwest—near this site in 1841. The Jesuits closed the mission in 1850, returning in 1866. For the next quarter century, they helped the Salish adapt . . . Map (db m123447) HM
15Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Thorton Building221 Main Street — 1908 —
The Thorton Building is associated with Dr. W.T, Thorton, a well-known physician in western Montana who started the Thorton Hospital on Main and 3rd Street. This fireproof structure was originally built as a doctor's office. Since then . . . Map (db m123389) HM
16Montana (Ravalli County), Stevensville — Welcome to Fort Owen
In 1850, Major John Owen established this trading post on the original site of St. Mary's Mission. It was the first permanent white settlement in Montana, and welcomed Indian, trappers, gold seekers and settlers. By the late 1860s, major travel . . . Map (db m123519) HM
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