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Area Chambers of Commerce welcome you to Beaverhead and Madison counties. If you're looking for a perfect vacation spot, you've found it. Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, historical sites and architecture, museums, campgrounds, wildlife, motels and restaurants--there's plenty to see and do. If you're looking for a home, this is the place as well. Quality schools, world-class recreational opportunities, cultural activities, entertainment and that great small town feeling abounds. A major portion of these counties continue to harbor ghost towns, mining camps and, of course, the historic Lewis & Clark Trail of western exploration and discovery to add to the western feel. Nowhere is the history of the Old West more vividly retained than here in the rugged wonderland of southwestern Montana. Whether you're here for a few weeks or for a lifetime, you'll find that a southwestern Montana welcome is the genuine article.

Your Chamber of Commerce Guide Contact the following for information about the area, events and more:
Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce 10 W. Reeder, P.O. Box 425, Dillon, MT 59725, 406-683-5511, http://www.beaverhead Ennis Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 291, Ennis, MT 59729, 406682-4388, Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 134, Twin Bridges, MT 59754, no phone number, http://www.rubyvalleychamber. com (use website and e-mail only for communication). Virginia City Chamber of Commerce - P. O. Box 218, Virginia City, MT 59755, 800-829-2969, http://www.virginiacity

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About Beaverhead County

Beaverhead County is one of Montanas major agricultural counties, producing cattle, sheep, horses, hay, grain, seed potatoes, canola, and waxy barley. The county ranks #1 in Montana for beef cattle production and either #1 or #2 for hay acres harvested. It ranks #4 for sheep production. Clark Canyon Reservoir, south of Dillon, provides water for the East Bench Irrigation project east of Dillon. Located five miles from Dillon with lighted paved runways, 75 x 6,500 and 60 x 3,600 ft. Radio Navigation: VASI, VOR and Unicorn. Jet and lOOLL octane fuel. Airport elevation: 5,280 ft. Fixed base operator-Dillon Flying Service, 683-5242. Visibility level: 235 clear days, 87 partly cloudy days for 322 good flying days annually. Beaverhead County is unique in that it is both cold and dry. Precipitation varies widely. Average annual amounts range from 10 inches in Dillon to over 50 inches in the Continental Divide mountains to the west. Two-thirds of precipitation in the mountains is snow.

Average temperatures: January 21.01; July 66.20. The normal number of frost free days for Dillon is 99.

Community Services Search & Rescue, Special Resources, Community Support Center, Alanon, Beaverhead Allied Senior Services, Meals on Wheels. Cultural Community Concert Series, community theater, professional theater, community band and orchestra, Shakespeare in the Park, The University of Montana Western Art Gallery, Dinner in the Park series, Southwest Montana Arts Council, award-winning high school choral and music departments. Education
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Beaverhead County tops the Montana cattle inventory list with over 110,000 head of cattle, or over 11 times as many people that live in the largest county by area in the state.

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schools K-8 including a one-room schoolhouse, K-12 in Lima. The University of Montana Western is located in Dillon. UMW offers four-year bachelors degrees as well as two-year associate degrees.
Agriculture, minerals, education, retail, tourism, government. Headquarters of Barretts Minerals (talc mining and processing), Great Harvest Bread Company franchise headquarters, Med Claim, custom jewelry production, specialty food production. Medical & Health Barrett Hospital & HealthCare (BHH) in Dillon has played a vital role in Southwestern Montanas healthcare delivery since 1923. BHH is licensed by The Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Hospital for 20 beds. Today, highly skilled physicians and professional hospital and medical staff offer a wide variety of medical services to residents and visitors of Beaverhead, Madison and portions of Silver Bow and Jefferson counties. In addition to offering Acute and Rehabilitation Inpatient Services, BHH offers: Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Nutritional Counseling, Home Health, Hospice, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Cardiac Rehab, Lab Testing, Radiological Services, an ICU/CCU, a Physician Clinic, and hasa 24-Hour Provider Staffed Emergency Room. Nature Facts Beaverhead County, located at the headwaters of the Missouri River, is situated in the hub of four ecological regions -- Northern Rocky Mountains, Central Rocky Mountains, Great Basin and Northern Short Grass Prairie. This environmental diversity affords a wealth of habitats for a variety of wildlife. Permanent and migratory residents are abundant. The geographical surface of Beaverhead County displays a variety of land forms, ranging from flat pediments to jagged peaks, from broad-river valleys to narrow gorges. Elevations in the county range from 11,154 feet at Tweedy Mountain in the Pioneer Range to 4,770 feet on the Big Hole River. The county is comprised of two major drainage basins -- the Beaverhead River Basin and the Big Hole River Basin -- and one significant river sub-basin, the Red Rock River Basin. This network of upper watershed drainage basins makes up the headwaters of the Missouri River. Additional geographical facts: included in mountain ranges are the Blacktails, a minor range. The longest reach of the Missouri River drainage is Hell Roarin Creek, located in the Centennial Mountains in the southeastern corner of the county. News Media Weekly newspaper-Dillon Tribune and The Wrap (total market coverage); daily flyer sheet, Dillonite Daily; regional daily newspapers-Montana Standard (Butte), Great Falls Tribune; KDBM/KBEV AM/FM; KDWG FM (University of

Fairgrounds The Beaverhead County fairgrounds are located in Dillon. Financial Institutions Three banks, one savings and loan, one credit union, farm credit services. Two investment offices. Fire Departments Volunteer departments are located in Dillon, Grant, the Grasshopper Valley, Lima, Jackson, Wisdom and Wise River. Emergency & Law Enforcement All of Beaverhead County is covered by the 911 emergency phone number. Ambulances are available in Dillon, Lima and Wisdom. Full-time law enforcement: City of Dillon Police Department; Beaverhead County Sheriffs Department, who have deputies in outlying communities. Geographical Environment Beaverhead County, located in the southwest corner of Montana, is surrounded on three sides by the Continental Divide, separated by forested mountain ranges. Four different mountain ranges are located in the county including the Beaverhead Mountains of the Bitterroot Range, the Tendoys, the Centennial Range, and the Pioneer Mountains. Highways I-I5 with two Dillon interchanges. Montana highways located in the county are 41, 43, 278, and 324. Historical Sites Bannack State Park, Big Hole National Battlefield, Lewis and Clark Trail, Nez Perce Trail, Camp Fortunate camp site (Clark Canyon Dam), Lemhi Pass, Beavers Head Rock, Clarks Lookout. Industry

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supporting youth and special interests. Recreation Fishing, hunting, skiing (cross country and downhill), snowmobiling, hiking, golf, bowling, tennis, football, baseball, rodeo, swimming, gem/rock/fossil hunting, mountain climbing, photography, YMCA and youth recreation programs. Statistical Information Total county land area 3,549,870 acres; 5,571 sq. miles. Population 9,246 (2010 census). County 8,773. Dillon (County Seat) 4,056. Towns in county include Argenta, Bannack, Dell, Dewey, Dillon, Elkhorn, Glen, Grant, Jackson, Lima, Monida, Polaris, Wisdom and Wise River. Approximately 60% of the county lives within three miles of Dillon, for an estimated population of

6,000, not including the full-time students at the University of Montana-Western (total student population 1,100). Transportation Commercial airlines Butte and Bozeman. Air Charter local airport. Bus Rimrock Stageline bus service available locally in Dillon and Lima. Railroad Union Pacific Freight serving area. Truck local interstate and intrastate carriers. Utilities & Communication Northwestern Energy natural gas and electricity. Vigilante Electric rural electricity. Electrical power requirements are served by two major transmission lines. Natural gas is available in unlimited quantity. phone Optimum, Southern Montana Telephone and a variety of long distance and cellular carriers. TV cable in Dillon and nearby vicinity, antenna, limited reception; dish antenna. Western Union available in Dillon. Internet - access from local and regional companies.

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cycling the Continental Divide Trail, fossil/rock hunting, fishing and wildlife trophy hunting, outdoor winter sports. Wildlife and scenic beauty abound in the Red Rock River Valley and the Rocky Mountain Range. The vast lake at Clark Canyon Reservoir is 18 miles north, and is the location of Camp Fortunate and the chance meeting of Sacajawea and her brother during the Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery Expedition. From Monida, (pop. 5) 15 miles south of Lima, and through the valley, 90 miles east is Yellowstone National Park. The sprawling Centennial Valley and Red Rock Lakes, home of the Trumpeter Swan, lie to the east of Lima. To the west is majestic Mt. Garfield which glorifies the Lima Peaks of the Rocky Mountain Range at 10,961 feet, the tallest peak in Beaverhead County. Look for the Bald Eagles. Area Restaurants: In Lima: Jan's Cafe', and the Lima Club Bar & Inn. Convenience items and Gas: Ralph's Exxon & Convenience Store.

Dell, located on Interstate 15 at exit 23, pop. 35, is an historic 1880 trading center for ranchers, features the Dell Park, Dell Mercantile, Yesterday's Calf-A & Saloon, Dell Hall, Stockyard Inn, historic stockyards and a roping arena. The Red Rock River flows to the east and the Beaverhead National Forest lies to the west. An old B-17 emergency landing strip, now a private airport, is on the western edge of Dell. The Calf-A is located in the old Dell school house, complete with the last lessons on the blackboards and books on the shelves. The historic old Dell Hotel has been completely refurbished into the Stock Yard Inn, featuring accommodations and an excellent restaurant.


Lima, city of lilacs, 125 years of history, and the second largest city in Beaverhead County (est.

pop. 274) was founded in 1880 as a bustling railroad center with a 14 bay round house plus turntable. The population peaked at 2,000. The railroad business has subsided but trains continue to whistle through frequently. The city was first named Alderdice, then Spring Hill, and finally Lima, after a railroad employee/ businessman and landowner from Lima, Ohio. Lima is active and community minded, boasting 42 businesses, 38 ranches, a K-12 school district, two churches, 12 civic organizations, as well as restaurants, saloons, a post office, a city park, a swimming pool, a tennis court, motel, RV parks, historical society and museum. It is home to the Living History Festival in the summer, an historical cemetery, and a winter skating area. Lima's elevation is 6,242 ft. and the area is seasonal with outdoor recreation of hiking and

Fifteen miles south of Lima is Monida, the stateline. Now practically a ghost town, it makes for interesting pictures. Once, before the turn of the century, Monida was the jumping off place for Yellowstone National Park from the trains. Park goers changed here for a ride in a big, red stagecoach to the park. An old barn, which once served the teams for the stage coaches, still stands. Take off from here to go to Lakeview and Red Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. The gravel road eventually goes to Henry's Lake and West Yellowstone. Enjoyable summers, unpredictable winters and wildlife abounds.


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The Big Hole Valley, along with the Grasshopper Valley, is truly one of the great scenic and historic treasures in the state of Montana. The upper valley is flanked by the rugged Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the mineral and history-rich Pioneers to the east; both ranges provide scenic hiking and camping opportunities, and are rich in game and fish for the sportsmen. The town of Jackson, near the headwaters of the river, is home to the Jackson Hot Springs Lodge featuring a first rate hot pool to soak those tired traveler's muscles, and several well furnished cabins where you can rest those weary bones. The town has two restaurant-bars, as well as a country store and garage for those traveling needs. The town of Wisdom is the next stop on the Big Hole tour, and visitors can't miss the Wisdom River Gallery, called after the original name of the Big Hole

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given by no less personages than Lewis and Clark. The gallery features a variety of first rate Western painting and sculpture. The town of Wisdom also has full services for travelers needs and a campground. Some 35 miles downstream from Wisdom on the Big Hole highway is the town of Wise River, a place that in the summer and fall is almost totally dedicated to the rich fishing and hunting that the area provides. Wise River is one of the gates to the Wise RiverPolaris Scenic Byway, a route that travels through the heart of the Pioneers and features several spacious campgrounds. One of the nation's tiniest post offices is in this early-day community, as well as the one-room school down the road a piece. At one time, the Polar Bar, (the building is still there), was considered to be the smallest tavern in the country as well. A rich mine east of here, up on the mountain, once brought ore down in steam-tractor driven trains to the railhead at Armstead. Continuing east from Wise River along Montana Highway 43 is the town of Dewey and the old stage station, now a restaurant and bar, and headquarters for float trips through the breathtaking Big Hole Canyon between the towns of Dewey and Divide. You can see the old Montana Southern Railway that ran between Collide and Dewey.



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About Dillon
Dillon offers a gold mine of history... ranging from native Americans trekking through the area to Lewis and Clark, to gold rushers and vigilantes, from the railroad to teamsters, farmers and ranchers. And much of it is not only well preserved... it's up close and personal. Born as a railroad town Dillon was born to the scream of a steam whistle. The Utah and Northern Railroad (now the Union Pacific) was building north, toward Butte in 1880. Originally begun by the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, the three-foot narrow gauge line was by then a project of the Union Pacific. As winter approached, the railroad halted construction at Richard Deacon's ranch, where Dillon now is. The railroad was refused passage across the ranch and a group of businessmen, traveling with the mobile town called "Terminus" that went with the railroad as it progressed, raised the money to buy the ranch and form a town site company. A prepackaged community, all necessary services came with it in portable structures of canvas and wood. During the winter of 1880-81 the railroad stayed here, at the end of the track. When the railroad moved north again, the town remained. Dillon is named after Sidney Dillon, president of the Union Pacific Railroad at the time of the railroad's arrival here. But before the railroad, Beaverhead County was an important and flourishing part of the fledgling territory of Montana. Gold was first discovered west of here and the territory's first capital was formed around those early-day Jim Bridger came through this area in 1832, followed by Henry Vanderburgh of the American Fur Company. It wasnt just the early day fur trappers that found the area in those early days. Father DeSmet, in his historical trek to the Flathead Indians, arrived near Red Rock Lakes in August 1840 and was guided by the Indians along the Beaverhead River. Shiny gold meant cycle of boom
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John Whites discovery of gold at Grasshopper Creek west of Dillon sent thousands on their way to the new gold bonanza in 1862 at Bannack. Shortly after, gold was discovered in Virginia City, southeast of Dillon. The road between the two gold camps set the scene for one of Montanas most memorable, and often repeated, tales of the Vigilantes and the band of robbers and murderers known as the Innocents.

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition, with the help of Sacajawea, visited here in 1805, and on the eastward trek back to St. Louis, stopped in this area again. About 15 miles northeast of here, along Highway 41, the expedition spotted and named Beaverhead Rock, which later gave its name to the county. The explorers were followed by the fur trappers, by John Colter and then later by Hudson Bay Company explorers.

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The wind whistles through the skeletonized remains of Bannack. Clarks Lookout, just north of Dillon, brings back memories of that early expedition and marks the spot where Clark climbed the outcropping and surveyed the surrounding area by telescope. The Beaverhead County Museum, on Montana Street in Dillon, is filled to the rafters with mementos of those early days... from the bones of a prehistoric mammoth found in the area in 1905 to the rotted stump of Henry Plummers infamous gallows. A trip through Dillon shows the pride that went into the founding of this early day railroad center, county seat, college town and agricultural community. The buildings along Montana Street are nationally known as examples of an early day Railroad Avenue.

The big brick depot is now part of the Beaverhead County Museum and also houses the Old Depot Theatre. The depot is also the site of a special diorama of the Lewis and Clarks Expedition in Beaverhead County. Romanesque stone buildings, Victorian brick and iron and gingerbread and bric-a-brac decorations give a vivid reminder of earlier days, and many of the buildings in Dillon have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than a century old, the University of Montana Western in Dillon shows both the past and the future in its 34-acre campus. Western, a unit of the University of Montana, is a nationally known, small college renowned for its work in rural teacher education, environmental science and liberal arts studies, and for its growing equine studies and natural horsemanship programs.

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pot, which is now part of the Beaverhead County Museum in Dillon. For information about events and admission prices, contact the museum at 683-5027. matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Performances are presented from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tuesday through Sunday. The Brewery Follies of Virginia City, Montana is back for another crazy season of satire, nonsense, foolishness and absurdity. The Brewery Follies 2013 Season starts Friday May 24 through September.

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Dillon and Southwestern Montana are great places for the arts. The University of Montana Western Art Gallery features both standing and traveling art exhibits, and a special exotic wildlife exhibit. Call the school at 683-7011 for hours. The Drift Gallery for Contemporary Art, at 12 South Idaho in Dillon, highlights local and regional artists. It also features Creation Station, for art studies and learning. Call 683-3456 for information. The Southwest Montana Arts Council brings a continuing variety of performing artists to the area throughout the year, as well as the University of Montana Western's dramatic department, the Old Depot Theater and the Dillon Community Concert. Call the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce for information concerning performances, schedules and tickets at 683-5511. The Southwest Montana Arts Council is a grassroots effort serving Beaverhead and Madison counties in Montana. The group promotes education and participation of the arts through Lunch and Dinner in the Park, Showcase Series, Missoula Childrens Theatre, Artist in Residency, Art Walk. As part of their annual Dinner in the Park series, they will host Shakespeare in the Park this summer at the Jaycee Park.

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Beaverhead Museum The Beaverhead Museum is your first stop for history and adventure. It's been called one of the finest museums in Montana for its breadth of historical coverage of Montana's turbulent past. Centered around Dillon, Bannack and southwestern Montana, the Beaverhead County Museum entices visitors with its attractive outdoor displays of early-day mining equipment, settler's cabin, the area's first outdoor biffy with a flush toilet, a fully equipped sheep wagon and the striking brick railroad station that houses a theater, as well as a diaroma of Lewis and Clark. A recent addition to the scene is the old Argenta School, a oneroom schoolhouse of years gone by. The building is restored and houses a unique education display. The museum itself is an attractive log structure that houses literally thousands of fascinating items from the area's past... including the stump of the gallows on which lawman turned outlaw Henry Plummer met his end, antique firearms, photographs, and artifacts from the area's earliest days. In addition to the theater and Lewis and Clark Diorama, the Old Depot also features Native American displays, a waterfowl display, a rock collection and other historical displays The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Phone 406683-5027. The Big Hole Battlefield Just a few miles west of Wisdom lies the Big Hole National Battlefield, a reminder of a tragic chapter in American history. In 1877 Nez Perce families, led by leaders including Chief Joseph, made a heroic flight from Idaho toward sanctuary in Canada. During this flight, the nearly 800 Nez Perce camped along the east bank of the Big Hole River. For two months they had eluded pursuing Army and volunteer forces until Col. John Gibbon and the U.S. 7th Infantry discovered the camp in August 1877. At dawn on August 9, Gibbon attacked, prematurely, as the camp was awakened by a shot from a volunteer who had been spotted by a Nez Perce elder. The soldiers opened fire upon the sleeping camp, but the Nez Perce rallied, forcing the soldiers to retreat, even overrunning an Army Mountain Howitzer and seizing the cannon after it fired only two shots. With heavy losses to men, women, and children, the Nez Perce managed to pin down Gibbons forces among the trees. The families fled the area and continued their arduous journey toward the Canadian border. Just south of the border the Nez Perce were attacked again and most were forced to surrender in October 1877. Big Hole National Battlefield is a National Historic Monument and features a visitor center, film, bookstore, and tours of the battlefield. This is a free site of the National Park Service and is open seven days a week, yearround. Phone 406-689-3155. Beaverhead Rock State Park On Highway 41, 13 miles past Twin Bridges, you'll reach Beaverhead Rock. The Lewis & Clark Expedition reached this landmark on Aug. 8, 1805. Sacajawea recognized the huge rock resembling a swimming beaver and knew that she was near her Shoshone tribe's summer homeland. This was important to the two commanders because they desperately needed to contact the Shoshone to secure horses for the trip over the mountains. Clark's Lookout State Park Approximately one mile north of Dillon on Highway 91 is Clark's Lookout where on Aug. 13, 1805, Captain William Clark of the Lewis & Clark Expedition climbed the high bluff to look over the Beaverhead Valley. Hangman's Building & Boot Hill Historic Virginia City is a vast National Historic Landmark hosting collections of old-west artifacts. Phone 800-829-2969. Nevada City A town-sized open air museum with over 100 buildings from the gold rush era. This 1800s town has thousands of artifacts, living history and gem mining. Phone 800-829-2969.

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Fishing Beaverhead
Fishing in southwestern Montana is world renowned. Sportsmen and women come from all over the world to fish the rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Big Hole River From its modest beginnings at Skinner Lake in the Beaverhead Mountains of southwest Montana, the Big Hole River flows 153 miles to its confluence with the Beaverhead River near Twin Bridges. The Big Hole has been designated as a Blue Ribbon fishery and is one of the most heavily used fishing streams in Montana. The Upper Big Hole contains the last stream-dwelling population of Arctic grayling in the lower 48 states. Total Length: 153 miles. Game Fish Opportunities: Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout Species Present: Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, Common Carp, Longnose Dace, Longnose Sucker, Mottled Sculpin, Mountain Sucker, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Redside Shiner, White Sucker, Slimy Sculpin. Beaverhead River Although originally formed at the confluence of the Red Rock River and Horse Prairie Creek, the Beaverhead River now begins its 69-mile-long journey at the outlet of Clark Canyon Reservoir, an irrigation storage facility


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constructed in 1964. It joins the man-made impoundments: Heb- rivers. Due to its national reputaBig Hole River at Twin Bridges, gen Reservoir, located one and tion, heavy fishing pressure, good to form the Jefferson River. The one-half miles below the park access, high scenic value, and river above Dillon boundary, and Ennis Reservoir, 58 excellent wild trout populations, is characterized miles downstream from Hebgen. it has been classified as a Blue by a tight chan- Just below Hebgen, the Madison Ribbon trout stream. Total Length: 132 miles. nel meandering feeds Quake Lake, a natural lake through densely formed by an earth slide during a Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish. Spec o v e r e d w i l - major earthquake in 1959. From Ennis Reservoir the cies Present: Arctic Grayling, low banks. From Dillon, it flows Madison flows through Bear Trap Brook Trout, Common Carp, through a broad Canyon before entering the lower Longnose Dace, Longnose Sucker, open agricultural Madison River valley for its final Mottled Sculpin, Mountain Suckvalley for 50 miles 18 miles. The Madison is one of Continued to page 15 before reaching Montanas premier wild trout Twin Bridges. Its channel is restrict929051_08486 ed through a narrow canyon during 3.5x5 part of its lower journey near Point 4c of Rocks. Fish cover primarily consists of submerged and overhanging bank vegetation, undercuts and long, deep pools. Total Length: 75 miles Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Whether you want to save for the future, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow secure a personal loan, utilize exclusive online Trout All Species Present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, and telephone banking services, or enjoy the Common Carp, Longnose Dace, convenience of our ATMs and many locations, Longnose Sucker, Mottled Sculwe are here for you. Call, click, or stop by and pin, Mountain Sucker, Mountain talk with a banker. Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, White Sucker, Arctic Grayling. Dillon20 N. Montana St.406-683-8090 Madison River The Madison River originates in Yellowstone National Park at the junction of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers and flows in a northerly direction for 140 miles to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri All loans are subject to application, credit River. From its source in the qualification, and income verification. park, the Madison flows across 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights a high conifer-forested plateau, reserved. Member FDIC. (929051_08486) its journey interrupted by two

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Clark Canyon Reservoir Size: 4,815 acres Elevation: 5,560 ft. Directions: 20 miles south of Dillon on I-15 Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Burbot, Rainbow Trout. All Species Present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, Common Carp, Mountain Whitefish, White Sucker, Rainbow Trout Jefferson River The Jefferson River originates at the junction of the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers, near Twin Bridges, Montana, and runs northeasterly 77 miles to Three Forks, where it joins the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri River. Near Whitehall, the Jefferson turns east away from the mountains. From its confluence with the Boulder River near Cardwell to Missouri Headwaters State Park, the Jefferson is primarily confined to a single channel, except near Three Forks. There it braids, forming many islands and side channels in a rich bottomland. In addition to fishing, the Jefferson River and its floodplain provide opportunities for waterfowl hunting, trapping, floating, sightseeing and asparagus picking. Total Length: 77 miles. Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout. All Species Present: Brown Trout, Burbot, Common Carp, Flathead Chub, Longnose Dace, Longnose Sucker, Mottled Sculpin, Mountain Sucker, Rainbow Trout, Redside Shiner, White Sucker, Mountain Whitefish. For more information on the many opportunities for fishing in southwestern Montana, go to fwp.

- Deerlodge National Forest between the Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountain Ranges. Fourteen miles downstream it veers gradually west to run alongside the Ruby Range and into Ruby River Reservoir, which was built in 1939 to store irrigation water. Below Ruby Reservoir the stream meanders past Alder and just west of Nevada and Virginia cities, three of Montanas historic

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gold mining towns. The Ruby completes its last 45 miles below the Ruby River Dam in a wide, open agricultural valley and joins the Beaverhead River near Twin Bridges. Total Length: 97 miles. Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout. All Species Present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, Common Carp, Longnose Dace, Longnose Sucker, Mottled Sculpin, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Rainbow X Cutthroat Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, White Sucker, Arctic Grayling. Red Rock River The Red Rock River arises from Lower Red Rock Lake in the Centennial Valley of southwestern Montana. The river flows westward for approximately 17 miles before entering Lima Reservoir, built in 1902. From the impoundment, the Red Rock flows approximately 34 miles in a northwesterly direction before discharging into Clark Canyon Reservoir. The river stretches 91 miles from beginning to end and averages 45 feet in width. In addition to supporting resident populations of brown and rainbow trout and mountain whitefish, the lower portion of the river provides spawning and nursery areas for brown and rainbow trout residing in Clark Canyon Reservoir. Total Length: 91 miles. Game Fish Opportunities: Brown Trout, Burbot, Rainbow Trout. All Species Present: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Burbot, Common Carp, Longnose Sucker, Mottled Sculpin, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, White Sucker, Longnose Dace.

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Virginia City Celebrates 150th with summer of fun

The summer of 2013 is filled with fun events celebrating the sesquicentennial of finding gold in Alder Gulch and the cultural heritage of Virginia City, Montana. Festivities begin Memorial Day weekend, with events planned every weekend through Labor Day and activities every day in between, there are opportunities for fun and learning throughout the season. On May 26, 1863, around four in the afternoon, a trail-weary party of six men decided to make camp beside a mountain stream whose course they had been following since early morning. After having left the gold camp of Bannack in early February, they had a series of difficult adventures, and were grateful to be nearing home. Four of the party went to prospect up the creek before dinner, and two stayed behind to picket the horses and do camp duty, and ended up prospecting a piece of exposed bedrock... and what they found would prove to be one of the richest gold deposits in North America, and would be one of the greatest events in the history of Montana. Virginia City became a town in short order, and soon became one of the most prominent cities in the Rocky Mountains, becoming the site of many firsts in Montanas colorful history; among which were: the first territorial capital, the first newspaper, the first meeting of the Montana Historical Society, the first public school, Montanas first Masonic Lodge, and is also recognized as the original site for the Vigilantes of Montana. The history of Virginia City and the area is long and rich, and features many cultures and characters. The Virginia City Area Chamber of Commerce website gives a detailed account of the evolution of the area, which is still living, thriving and will be celebrated throughout the summer of 2013. The complete calendar of events is available under the events tab on the Virginia City Area Chamber of Commerce website at Highlights include a non-motorized vehicle parade on Saturday, May 25; discovery of gold historical performance and events on Sunday, May 26; Brothel Days on Saturday, June 29; the National Stagecoach and Freightwagon Association National Conference July 10-14; Virginia City Treaty Days and Daylight Creek Gathering to honor the Lemhi Shoshone and native heritage of the area July 19-21; Grand Victorian Balls June 21-23 and August 16-18... and the list continues to grow! The Virginia City Area Chamber of Commerce has led a partnership to plan and support the events of the summer including a team of volunteers and financial supporters too numerous to mention, and numerous agencies and organizations including the Montana Heritage Commission, Virginia City Preservation Alliance, Elling House Arts and Humanities Center, the Town of Virginia City, Madison County, Montana History Foundation, Humanities Montana and many more. For more information visit the website at www.virginiacity. comemail , call the Chamber at 800-829-2969.

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Bannack State Park, located 25 miles southwest of Dillon off Highway 278, holds one of America's best preserved ghost towns, which comes alive every summer. It was here that a whole list of Montana firsts were achieved... Bannack was the first territorial capital, and it had the first hotel, the first jail, the first school, the first chartered Masonic lodge, the first hard rock mine, the first electric gold dredge, the first quartz stamp mill, and the first commercial sawmill. In 1862 the first really big gold strike in Montana was made on the banks of Grasshopper Creek, which winds along the town's southern side. Millions were taken out of the streams and hills around Bannack, and more than 3,000 people called it home. Now over 50 buildings, made of handhewn logs, finely finished lumber and brick, line the town's old main street. A replica of the gallows up Hangman's Gulch says that this was a tough place. Vigilantes, dismayed at the 102 murders and numerous robberies in the gulch and at Virginia City, took the law into their own hands. They declared war on the "Innocents," a gang of road agents, toughs, robbers and killers that was secretly headed by Bannack's elected Sheriff Henry Plummer. The Vigilantes dispensed their brand of "necktie" justice by hanging a number of the "Innocents," including Plummer, on the gallows Plummer had built to hang horse thieves. Soon the gold strikes at Virginia City, Last Chance Gulch in Helena, and elsewhere took their toll on Bannack's population. Although

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the town lingered on for nearly 75 years, it never again regained its ranking as Queen of the gold camps. It lost capital status to Virginia City, and in the 1880s, the county courthouse moved to Dillon. Although some mining continued for years, it eventually declined to a "ghost town." In 1954 it became a state park. Today Bannack provides a unique glimpse into the past. It is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day in the summer, and the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend. The center provides information and displays about Bannack, including videos on the history of the area. Books, posters and postcards are also available for sale. Starting at the end of May and running through June, July and August, there are guided tours every day. Special events include Bannack Days, a two-day celebration of pioneer life, held on the third weekend in July. Pioneer crafts are demonstrated. Gun fighters, horse and wagon rides, and dozens of exhibitors in old-time garb show how life used to be in Bannacks early days. Bannack is not a restored ghost town... it is a preserved one... meaning theres no commercialization, except for some books and materials that pertain to the town itself available at the Visitors Center. The money from those items goes to help the town. Memberships in the nonprofit Bannack Association are also available at the center. The park and campgrounds are open all year. For additional information, call 8343413.

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Ruby Valley Towns

Going north from Dillon, on Highway 41, takes you to Twin Bridges, a pleasant community that offers a convenient stopping place on your way to Virginia City and Alder Gulch. Just north of Twin Bridges is an unique round barn that once was the home of Spokane, a Kentucky Derby winner around the turn of the century. The historic buildings just west of Twin Bridges are what used to be the Children's Home, closed in the 1970's. Work is complete on the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Park on the oval of the Madison County Fairgrounds at Twin Bridges, featuring a six-foot high bronze sculpture of Sacajawea. The statue of Sacajawea, Pomp, and Lewis' Newfoundland dog, Seaman, was made by local artists Dick and Sandi Crane, along with a teepee and dugout canoe. The park is a favorite stopping point for those following Lewis and Clark Trail. At Sheridan is a hospital and

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park, for the travelers, complete with a public swimming pool. Sheridan offers several good places to eat and is an old stop on the former Northern Pacific Railroad. From Alder to the south are mounds of overturned gravel, which are remains from a massive dredging operation in the first part of this century. The dredges found millions of dollars in gold, but left heaps of gravel in their wake. Just a mile or two down the road is Virginia City, the second Territorial Capital, after Bannack. The late Sen. Bovey and others have done substantial restoration work on the town. Shops and restored buildings add a great deal of interest as they line the boardwalked streets. The Virginia City Players do nightly melodrama shows in the summer, and afternoon vaudeville in the old brewery. Two good museums help explain the historical significance of the area, and provide a chance to rub shoulders with some real history of Montana. A train ride connects Virginia City and Nevada City in the summer. Visitors can stay in the Fairweather Inn, which is patterned after the old Goodrich Hotel from Bannack or in several other hotels, motels and campgrounds.

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Madison County has an estimated population in 2010 of 7,691, a 12.3% increase from the 2000 census. Median household income: $30,233. Of the population, 27.5% of the people have a bachelors degree or higher. The population is 51% male, 49% female. The population of 65 years and older is 20% of the overall number. The county seat is Virginia City. The county was named for the Madison River. Located in southwestern Montana, Madison County is ninth out of all Montana counties for number of beef cattle ranches with 256, making it an important player in Montanas cattle industry. The cattle industry is the number one agricultural industry in Montana in terms of sales and revenues, according to the 2002 Census of Agriculture. Construction and tourism in Madison County are also important to the area economy.

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Construction had an annual average employment of 200 jobs with total annual wages paid of more than $5 million. Nearly one in five private employment dollars comes from construction wages. Tourism also has an influence on jobs in Madison County. The most directly related industry group is accommodations and food services, which accounts for slightly less than one-fourth of the total private employment. Virginia City, the county seat, is the states eighth smallest city with a population of 130. Madison County was established in 1865. Virginia City was the states first town incorporated in 1864. Historical enthusiasts, with the help of the Montana State Legislature, the State of Montana, residents of Virginia City, the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, and other groups, continue to preserve the landmarks created in Virginia City and Nevada City for future generations.

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Ghost Towns
1800-era town with thousands of artifacts, living history and gem mining every weekend throughout the summer. 406-843-5555, 800-829-2969. Discovered in 1868 by the Vipond brothers, who built a road to Dewey in 1872 to transport the rich silver ore. The Quartz Hill mining camp can be reached via the Quartz Hill Road about one mile northwest of Dewey. Numerous old buildings and mining sites are in the area. 406-832-3300. The Watseca Gold Mine was discovered in 1869, and the town of Rochester sprang up. The Watseca Mine was operated until the 1980s. A few stone buildings, a wooden head frame, a modern gold mill, and the old cemetery remain. Located about nine miles from Twin Bridges. 406-684-5416.


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Located in the east Pioneer Mountains above 7,000 feet, Coolidge was the last silver boomtown in Montana. A narrow gauge railroad was built to the mine but the quality of silver ore did not justify the expense of the rail line or the huge mill that was built. Reached by a good gravel road at Mono Creek along the pioneer Scenic Byway. The boom years for Farlin were 1905 and 1906 when the Indian Queen produced half a million pounds of copper. Farlin had its own post office and school. Today a few cabins remain along Birch Creek Road and the schoolhouse is a short hike up a side gulch. The slag from the smelter forms odd swirls next to the creek. Take the Birch Creek exit off of I-15 between Glen and Dillon, and go west six miles.

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Once a thriving smelting town, little remains of Glendale today. The old stone Confederated office building, a smelter stack and a few other buildings remain. During the boom period of the 1880s, the town boasted a population of 2,000. In order to supply charcoal for the smelter, the Canyon Creek charcoal kilns were built about five miles up Canyon Creek beyond Glendale. Numerous beehive shaped kilns still remain. Take the Melrose exit off of I-I5 and head west on Trapper Creek Road for five miles to Glendale to reach the kilns, turn right on the Canyon Creek Road at Glendale and travel about five miles. 406-683-3913. A town-sized open-air museum with over 100 buildings from the gold rush era. Experience this

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Hot Springs
Natural hot springs in the West have attracted weary travelers for centuries. In southwestern Montana, these sites are all fed from natural geothermal features. Elkhorn Hot Springs - Yearround resort offers two outdoor hot mineral pools, a Grecian sauna, a restaurant, and a bar. Accommodations include rustic cabins, modern cabins, or lodge rooms. It is 40 miles northwest of Dillon in the Pioneer Mountains on the scenic byway. 800-7228978. Jackson Hot Springs - William Clark noted this hot springs in his journal in 1806. Near the Big Hole Battlefield and Bannack State Park. Cabins, full service restaurant and a large westernstyle bar and dance hall, all centered around a natural hot springs mineral pool. It is located 43 miles from Dillon on Highway 278 in Jackson on Main Street. Norris Hot Springs - Unique wooden pool is a must see after a day of hiking or exploring the Virginia City area. Campground area for lodging. 406-685-3303.

Montana is known as the "Treasure State" and for good reason. Gold, silver, copper, sapphires and lesser gems were all abundant. Today southwestern Montana is still a treasure chest for rock collectors. The Calvert Hill area west of Wise River is noted for epidote, aquamarine and garnets. The area is reached by driving six miles west of Wise River on Highway 43 to the campground on the south side of Dickey Bridge. From there it's about eight miles on a gravel road to the mine area. The minerals can be found in the rock and mine dump. For information, call Montana Tech at 406-496-4395. Crystal Park is a unique recreation area at 7,800 feet in the Pioneer Mountains. Open to the public, the park has posted rules for visitors to dig for quartz crystal here. There is a $5 per vehicle fee charged to maintain the facilities. Brilliant amethyst and smokey quartz crystals can be found in the normal form as well as scepter, double terminated and Japanese Law Twin forms. Open May 15 through Oct. 15, weather permitting. From the town of Wise River, take the Pioneer Scenic Byway and drive 17 miles to the site. For information, call the Forest Service at 406-683-3900. Calcite, opalite, and garnets are found south of Alder. Some people find gem quality almandine garnets by screening gravel along the shores of the reservoir. For info, call 406-843-5555. The area near Indian Creek offers white and banded masses of calcite. For information, call the Forest Service at 406-684-3972. Flecks of gold still sparkle in tailings between Virginia City and Alder. Pan for gold at the River of Gold and visit Alder Gulch Mining Museum. For information, call 800-829-2969.

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May 5/18/31 Bannack State Park Visitor Center open weekends, park open 8 a.m. to dusk all week, call (406) 834-3413. 05/19 HCMA motocross races at Stone Creek Raceway. 5/316/2 Daylight Creek Mountain Man Rendezvous, Virginia City, Open to the public from 9:30 - 5:30. For more information, call (800) 829-2969. 5/316/1 Dillon Expo and Trade Show, Beaverhead County High School Gymnasium. Free admission. For more information, call (406) 683-2331 or (406) 683-2800. 5/316/2 Brewery Follies in the Old H.S. Gilbert Brewery in Virginia City. Shows at 8 p.m., with 4 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations (800) 829-2969, ext. 3. June 6/16/30 Virginia City Illustrious Players, Montanas oldest summer stock company, presents Sherlock HolmesHound of the Baskervilles, plus their Varied, Vigorous Vagary of Vivacious Vaudeville Variety Acts after every show. Show times are: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Call (800) 829.2969 for reservations. 6/1 Bannack State Park Saturday Series begins. For more information, call (406) 834-3413. 6/16/2 Nevada City Living History Weekend: The Murder of Deputy Dillingham. For more information, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843-5247. 6/78/18 The Brewery Follies presents its two new shows for the 2013 season, in the Old H.S. Gilbert Brewery in Virginia City. Reservations (800) 829-2969, ext. 3. 6/7 Celtic music by the Dillon Fiddlers at the Historic Bale of Hay Saloon, Virginia City, 56:45 p.m. Call (406) 843.5700 .



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6/8 Annual Montana Ancient Order of Hibernians Parade follows the Irish green stripe on Wallace St. Virginia City, 2 p.m. 6/86/9 Nevada City Living History Weekend: The George Ives Trial & Hanging. For more information, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843-5247. 6/9 Vigilante Theater presents Who Shot the Sheriff, Jackson Hot Springs. For more information, call (406) 834-3151.

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6/15 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern. Witness history by lantern. Reservations required; call (406) 843-5247. 6/156/16 Fathers Day Fly-In, Ruby Valley Airport. For more information, call (406) 684-5335. 6/216/23 June Grand March & Victorian Ball, Virginia City. High Tea at Bennet House at 4 p.m. and Evening at the Opera House with the Virginia City Players on Friday; Saturday Dance Practices at 1 and 2 p.m., with the VC Community Ballroom doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for Check-In and Photos, followed by the Grand March, Invocation and Dancing at 7 p.m. A Special Church Service at historic St. Pauls takes place at 9 a.m. on Sunday. For more information about the events and tickets, call 406.682.4935 or 406.431.0714. 6/23 Free Concert by Sandy James & the Dillon Junior Fiddlers hosted by the Virginia City Preservation Alliance at 106 E. Wallace, east of the Madison County Courthouse in Virginia City. 6/236/27 T h e Vi n t a g e Chevrolet Club of America Summer Driving Tour brings 50 classic Chevys from the 1920s to drive around Dillon and surrounding areas. For more information, call the Beaverhead County Museum at (406) 683-5511. 6/29 Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day (RATPOD), benefit for Camp-Mak-A-Dream, starts at 6 a.m. on the University of Montana Western campus, Dillon. For more information, call (406) 683-2580 or go to 6/29 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 6/296/30 Peterson/Renfro Memorial Shoot. For more information, call (406) 683-4820 or

(406) 683-5801. 6/296/30 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Alder Gulch Legends explores the myths and legends and facts about the early settlement of Montana. For more information, call (406) 843-5247. 6/29 Cowboy Poetry with Harry Yeomen and Art Show, 7 p.m. Elling House, Virginia City. For more information, call (406) 843-5507. 6/296/30 Brothel Days, a tribute to the prostitutes and hurdy-gurdy girls who were a key part of mining culture, Bale of Hay Saloon, Virginia City. Call (406) 843.5700 . 6/29 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern, witness history by lantern. Reservations required. Call (406) 843.5247. July 7/27/28 The Virginia City Illustrious Players, Montanas oldest summer stock company. Call (800) 829.2969 for reservations. 7/4 Fireworks Display, Boot Hill, Virginia City, starts at dusk.

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For more information, call (800) 829-2969. 7/4 Fireworks Display, Dillon Jaycees, starts at dusk. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 7/57/7 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Old Fashioned 4th of July Weekend, Nevada City, features historic foods, skills, contests and competitions. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843.5247. 7/6 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 7/6 Annual Kids Fishing Derby, Virginia City. For more information, call (406) 843-5504. 7/10 7/14 National Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Associations Sixth Annual Conference, Hanging Out in Virginia City. For details about the conference, call (406) 581-1154. 7/12 Dillon Junior Fiddlers play a variety of musical styles at 7 p.m. at the Elling House, Virginia City. For more information, call (406) 843-5507. 7/13 Dillon Farmers Market,



20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 7/13 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern, witness history by lantern, reservations required, call (406) 843.5247. 7/197/21 Virginia City Treaty Days & Daylight Creek Gathering welcomes the Lemhi-Shoshone tribes back to their native lands. For more information, call (800) 829-2969. 7/20 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 7/20-21 Nevada City Living History Weekend: The Capture of Steve Marshland in Nevada City. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843.5247. 7/2021 Bannack Days, annual celebration of pioneer life with music, food, skill demonstrations, live reenactments of shoot outs, wagon rides and more at Bannack State Park. For more information, call (406) 834-3413. 7/20 Dillon Jaycees Demoli

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tion Derby, Beaverhead County Fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m. Please call (406) 683-5771 for more information. 7/267/27 Southwest Montana Relay for Life. For more information, call (406) 683-5466. 7/27 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 7/27 White Hat Coalition 11th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony honors our troops and veterans. Parade will stage at noon and roll at 12:30 p.m. at Beaverhead County High School. The Flag Raising begins at 1 p.m. with music and cowboy poetry at the Big Sky Cinema and the Kiwanis Veterans Park Memorial. For more information, call (406) 660-4429. 7/27 Beaverhead Fly Fishing Classic, call (406) 683-6106. 7/27 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern lets you witness history by lantern. Reservations required and available by calling (406) 843.5247. 7/2728 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Miners Court. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843-5247. 7/28 Tour of Masonic Temple and Lecture on the Masons & Vigilantes, hosted by the Virginia City Preservation Alliance. Free, as is more information at (800) 829-2969. 7/309/2 The Virginia City Illustrious Players, Montanas oldest summer stock company offering authentic 19th Century melodrama and Vaudeville Acts. Call (800) 829.2969 for reservations. 7/31 Shakespeare in the Parks presents Henry V in Dillons Jaycee Park starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (406) 994-3901. August 8/28/4 Sheridan Summer Festival, Sheridan Park. For more information, call (406) 843-5507. 8/3 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 8/3 Vigilante Music Festival, beer and dancing, Virginia City. For more information, call (800) 829-2969. 8/3 Annual Commemoration of the Big Hole Battle, 9 a.m. to noon, Big Hole National Battlefield. For more information, call (406) 689-3155. 8/38/4 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Placer Gold. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843.5247. 8/98/11 The 38th Annual Virginia City Art Show along the Boardwalk and in the Community Center, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Virginia City. For more information, call (406) 843-5555. 8/10 Quick Draw & Auction at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Virginia City Elks Lodge, where artists will create works in one hour, then sell them. For more information, call (800) 829-2969. 8/10 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 8/10 Bovey Memorial Dedication of memorial of the Bovey Family at the Hangmans Build-



ing on Wallace Street in Virginia City. For more information, call (406) 843-5555. 8/148/18 Madison County Fair & NRA Rodeo, Madison County Fairgrounds, Twin Bridges. For more information, call (406) 684.5824. 8/168/18 Grand Victorian Ball, Virginia City Community Ballroom. High Tea at Bennet House at 4 p.m. on Friday. Saturday features: dance practices at 1 and 2 p.m., ballroom doors opening at 5:30 p.m.; introductions and Grand March at 7 p.m.; light repast at 9:30 p.m. and farewell waltz at 11 p.m. Sunday offers a special church service at 9 a.m.; for more information about the events and tickets, call (406) 6824935 or (406) 431-0714. 8/17 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 8/17 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern lets you witness history by lantern. Reservations required and available at (406) 843.5247.

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By Jess Alberi Dillon Tribune sports Back at full strength after ing some key regainteam members missed the whod previous meet, the Dillon boys track team lapped the field Wayne Estes at the Invitational By J.P. Plutt on Saturday in Anaconda staff , where the Dillon Tribune Lady Beavs finished second d County Commisbehind a strong The Beaverhea vallis team. week on Corgood news last sioners heard The day began County's fiBeaverhead news a.m., when their for the Beavers at 7 the audit of ce and mixed buses departed to travel over nancial performanof the Beaverhead the pass freshly Dillon in snow to Anaconda covered during a meeting Task Force meeting . Arriving site of the annual County Drought audit exit interview at the The Wayne Estes with the Dillon on Monday. meet, team found Poelman, CPA , By M.P. Regan the weather chilly but dry, with JohnPaul and Associates which Dillon Downey Dillon Tribune didnt prevent and the boys from Denning, staff around the corner getting off to The regular the Wednesday afternoon. Spring is just ing start. season for Dillons a blistersponsoring P.C., occurred Poelman gave and girls tennis is once again boys years As an overview, Garden Club Beaver boys teams just opinion or d Contest. This long its final week, entered Daffodil unqualifie placed third, for C Riley, but many of and sixth in annual First the county an fourth When pressed the BCHS the players still memory of Michaelare the lucky enjoyed new lowed that up 100 hurdles, and folcontest is in a clean opinion. Poelman awarded If you experienc at last weekends by taking first, gardener. and fourth in to raise its head Mayfair Tourname es Present time Dillon a letter grade, second in Billings. the 100-meter County an A+. the first Daffodil be the lucky one nt d dash. one to have Beaverhead Pushed by coaches were Beaverhea According to Dillon, you will wins compete in more events, BCHS rator and bloom in for the interview BCHS Head second daffodil Coach Lois Woodard, senior Holden Tennis prize. The Financial Administ wins $5. responded Garrison to win a $10 County Commisdaffodil with strong showings on her senior-lade a few competitors County third place the coming of Rice events, taking $7.50 and the Betty Tinsley, n girls team in five new levels of Club celebrate first in the Haugland, Tom blooms pole vault, Help Garden quality in their rose to third in the sioners Garth first daffodil and Denning, high jump, the two-day play at call us when your McGinley, Call Please fourth event. Mike tive 110 spring. and in the hurdles, fourth representa The veteran be a lucky winner. Sharon in the 100 dash and first Dillon girls team and you may Downey & Associates away from Billings rguson at 683-4520, in the 400 relay, meter at came with Austin Cathy Speich-Fe 683-3625 or Marie Giere Bob Denning. along with 21 singles a total net Carver, Mick doubles match at Paffhausen victories, including and The audit revealed 3 for 2012, and Cooper Quackenbush Lamey. each by the of $13,273,21 four Lady 683-5350. asset figure Not to be outdone, over fiscal 4 singles players,Beavs No. 3 and No. of $1,314,430 Carver brought home three golds, an increase Morgan Evans the manageto Taylor winning and Eighorn. the 100 and docu200 dashes and year 2011. According and analysis the 400 relay. Morgan had a really strong ment discussion a useful indicator Lamey put nament, said as his best foot tourand farthest Woodard, who forward ment, can serve position of to win as a volunteer started the financial or Dillon. The senior the long jump for coach with of wheterh will hold registra2000, shortly BCHS in County is improving star also placed Little League after moving ond in the 100, Beaverhead Beaverhead secseason on Tuesday, from Denver. to Dillon fifth 2013 baseball part of the winning in the 200 and was major deteriorating. March 27 from tion for the d County's Taylor has Wednesday, short relay team. School Of Beaverhea played better Kyle Moore March 26 and Elementary Fund, or primary ter every match and betpowered the the Parkview farthest in yet shot put funds, the General a year-end baloffers programs 4-7 p.m. at played her best this season, and she held another meet, Little League of rently ranks yet and curoperating fund, in T-Ball, Pony Lunchroom. 5, a decrease our most improved in Billings. She is third in the girls ages 4-16 event in the yearBaseball, state in Class ance of $359,300.7 player, said for boys and ard, who didnt the previous A. Baseball, Major a5 take up tennis Woodto track $87,625.81 from Still nursing Baseball, Minor Baseball. T-Ball will be was in college Fund, used until she some soreness, Road in ior The Zack Girard and improved ce and end. mornings senior and Junior/Sen in the decades decided to sit to maintenan enough held on Saturdayto participate out of the high jump, that followed showed all cost related week program but high as No. 10 to of county roads Players wishing April 30. For 5, an in the national rise as triple jump and placed second in the construction by May and June. of $663,580.6 for her age rankings third in the long be 4 years old group. a year-end balance 2011 balance of Young Trae d Little League in T-Ball must Williams came jump. the This is just n on Beaverhea in the javelin in third increase over increase more informatio contact Keeley at 925-3645, tennis; I never my second year of for and a marked The Corvallis cousin, Dillon, behind his really played $622,390.42, 925-3852. Programs please that, said Eighorn, or Aaron at before total of $,5917.30. teammate Chris and was followed by for law of the 2008 Kathey at 660-1087, Mayfair matches who saw two of her Fund account Hall in fourth. Some Twin stood at at Public Safety marathons with extend into three-set Bridges competito nt at year-end Science Fair enjoyed a good tiebreakers. rs Rural Schools on enforceme day in Anaconda A lot of my page A-3 quiet during the rural schools. For more Twin twins, Jesse friends played . The Burners Lyzander Continued to and tried to tennis, and brother Michael her get me to be from nine area Pfertsh, to keep Experimentationplaced second on the team. But I live in atttempts and third 75 students Dillons Holden in included Gassman the Melrose were 400, e Garrison hands Joslynn part and and was taking ofgathering The the winning Committe the bus into the baton to Austin 4 x 400 relay sprint relay won first, Dillon my freshman on Thursday. team. Twins Hole Watershed sophomore and Carver, the Wednesday, Keltz Arena Carver in the The next Big and A-2 in the Tristen Gulliot came in 200. Garrison years, will be held 400-meter relay defending state see Pagefifth won the pole 800, while fellow have the opportunitso I didnt really Monthly Meetingat the Divide Grange (please the event, Saturday at Anaconda A 100-meter vault as the team Austin Brentlinge Falcon dash champion 7 pm Dillon track . The My junior year, y. cruised to the r finished sixth March 20, at daylight savings). took golf in both the javelin and title. Jess Alberi change for I got a car and in out its regular and field will close the 100 and able to drive to Twins CJ Cox photo was note the time feature a presentaseason with fourth in the school, which placed ever meeting will its first could play on long jump. meant I home night River Candidate This month's St. meet on the On the girls s on S. Idaho Upper Big Hole Friday (see Alberis Eighorn, a senior tennis team, added Building side, quality Corner tion on the with Assurance and column and the Turret quantity for trumped the Town who plans to Agreement Old on page ......) recovery the Lady Beavs, said graphic arts then travel to that and study Conservation Regan Rulewho came next year in By M.P.up and Arctic grayling with another ent Groups Corvallis next week from for the college. Improvem string of strong ad Eighorn credited staff Southwest (CCAA) program by agency partners Beaverheperfor- track mances, a million Class A Divisional & Dillon Tribune Woodard and despite old, the more than teammates their small squad meet. efforts presented nt of Natural Resources her a century with have budgeted s of the DI Holly (DI) size. Though its build- again throughout the helping her improve t Andersen Fish, Wildlife Montana Departme for the renovation S portS comment led the dollars bringing home season, Plaza. girls, (DNRC), Montana Service, and historic Dillon Implemen Wayne particular ion Grand Andrus the past week. Estes Track Ary By JeSS the gold ly in and the Conservat will host a Invitational at to stain the building hurdles, AlBeri Fish and Wildlife Service. Our ing on N. Idaho St. 300 Boys Anaconda team is grabbing silver concern scores 1. Beaverhead We hit a lot primary 2. and Parks, US The the and finishing 3 toa8 Conservation 200 this week with Manhattan 84; for this weekend. County 126; dash and she has 3. Hamilton historic buildings Lois, report, business Opening Natural Resources g Friday fromas runner 70; up in these been telling Anaconda hurdles the 100 5. snow pack to bilize by addressin 41; 6. Twin Bridges 4. Belgrade 45; behind Scheduled for us about techns niques and strategies will follow. 10 a.m. only regular stream from Corvallis generatio 33; 8. Townsend 37; said Connors, issues, committee updates more infor- p.m., and Saturday , particularly the future Lakyn 27; 9. Stevensville 7. Corvallis the No. 1 corner shots structural For hattan Christian meeting, and ranked on at 21; 10. Manwill showcase and on angling girl in the significant state event e is welcome. Old Town 15; 11. in the event. Boulder 10; 12. 3 p.m., the every ball. That really helped at Centrald first-floor retail Public attendanc 9; 13. Philipsburg Butte where7. Rule, who represente Dillons businesses visit our website meeting Event winners DIs newly renovated Cierra Lamey December 2012 for my opponents me make it tougher mation, please andBoard ten local area placers: the came in 100 #10 second in Billings. School in the 400 and space and the The annual Beaver Still playing District - 1. Austin Carver, sixth it. inDillon the while teammate Beaverhead, in their first the Mary the 200, Cooper Booster Track this year. Instead that now fill Lamey, Old Town a high school season as meet will have Beaverhead, 11.83; 11.46; 2. include Rockin program, the of employing agreed to sell Garrison, Beaverhead, Josee Pendleton 4. Holden Those businesses schedule of Dillon boys the normal Saturday a new feel and look to continued to ics, Spark had another 11.89. 200 School. Carver, Beaverhead, events, BCHS sufGastronom it hang tough e, Innes great throw 1. Austin morning and to wrap has elected the lights at in many of spaces R Mercantil where they Yarn, 23.13; up The afternoon to hold the meet Daily second place for 5. Cooper Lamey, Vigilante Field Beaverhead, 23.74.ents In addition, pulled off three Billings, The the discus in lack of improvem Friday Mounfor and 400 Into Motion, Throwing wins, the Mayfair Jordan night 1. first Center, two by No. 2 Man, Art ever twilight under events will ents Nathan Vanderby, Peterson fered from vaulted 2. Jesse Pfertsh, singles player pole chael 50.7;improvem begin at 5:30 track meet in her way to to follow at d TreaMountain Springs Beaverhea Waldrup and Mark third. decades. So extensive p.m. the running Dillon. Pfertsh, them 6 p.m. usableTB, 50.93; 3. Mianother by TB, 53.08. Some Twin girls Merry 800 - 1. Karill events scheduled the doubles tain Man Pottery, to make We know it team of Michael pendaile, did well,were Ham, 2:04.37; initiated Ap................... 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Twin Bridges, anticipate crafts a chance for For some of Estes boasts comthe We didnt 5. Townsend, on Saturdays best various arts, a seasonAnaconda, 46.28. 46.18; of the 46.19; 6. the end of anotherDillon Beaver track and the DI of 146 by sign up for throwoffered in the spring match was their our boys, winning a occupancy 1600 Relay - 1. 3 that percent field team as to 3:32.2; 2. Manhattan, places 100 fourth in the Twin Bridges, outstanding big goal at the her they head toward exercise classes So the so quickly. nation. season. 3:34.2; 3. floor start come season. space of on out Friday Corvallis, 3:35.8; Now theyve first- mercial of the DIs dozen upper night and help won multiple competitors businesses. matches and of the DIs off in style to Four send our local are setting higher y renoThe renovation the divisional Continued be completel will And now they goals. to began last summer meet next week. track and field page in the apartments B-3 rent know they can for floor retail space the past week, with pete against some comin vated and available slated for of the top boys and concluded the eastern as the genwith the rest from Rule. side of state. ion serving next month, and rental, said KB Construct . future remodels and finished in 1903, eral contractor process has includContinued to home Begun in 1902 page B-3 The renovation provided a new electrical upgrade, the DI building t, which origied an extensive ents, re-partithe Dillon Implemen , the for structural improvem a building along floor refinishing the nally occupied with and sold hardware, tioning work, to the roof, along railroad track, insulation of windows buggies, according and lights, new Direcof Chip harnesses d County Museum installation according to Beaverhea and store fronts, estate broker who real tor Lynn Giles. years, the DI buildt Rule, the local ImproveIn subsequen the Old Town Harvey Brothers represents bought the   LLC, which ing housed Safeway,and the Patagonia  ment Group,    Relast June. furniture companyto Giles, who said     Beaverhead DI building ent Group, according   ps addressed within Unity  Old Town Improvem n, the outlet, originally consisted Will Descham   differing factions of N. sister corporatio has the DI building 
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By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune A Montana staff Coaches Associatio inductee in When asked n Hall of Fame 2005, in April after coach at Carroll Keller also served as their first Elite leading the Bulldogs an assistant Eight appearanc College for to coming three years tournament, e in the NAIA head coach before beUniversity of national 2007. at Montana Montana Western basketball Head Western in March Coach Steve mens Dillons Emily to return to Since taking Keller said he coach the Bulldogs over intended a Rocky Mountain Paffhausen earned record of 121-73. at Western, Keller has But he left the for a seventh Athletic Conferenc compiled All-Academic He has led the season. four door ajar. e NAIA national Bulldogs to the I love Dillon, honors following recent league tournaments, love the support last 16 in two and tennis tournamen the players. But I reaching the we get, the Elite Eight cant love our Sweet Paffhaus say if something C ourth en, a member t. in this I wouldnt look All the players better came ous womens at it, Keller from last seasonsyears tourney. of the up, except tennis told the Tribune. e team, is an elementar Keller pushed for reserve Western team, education major center Vince that proverbia 18 recorded y and stepped play at least Turk, and l door are another year eligible to open wider through it on lative 3.88 grade 89 a cumu- travel in college. Monday long We have a to Helena great group enough to court, she tied point average. On the of kids at Western, would really coaching position and interview for the vacant for the team-high hate to leave eight individual and I at Carroll College, head earned them, said match victories. with named him as one the last two Keller, who has which last week Mens Coach of in the Frontier of the Year Honors I think it went its four finalists for the Conference. position. pretty well, Keller told the Helena was but you never my home for Tribune after know, Keller, many years, the interview. One thing I whose son reflected Jeff Choate want people him at Western. Josh works as an assistant began his coaching is that it has in Dillon to reer at Western understand everything to But we have under Montana do with my wife Montana College ca- job in Helena. a great thing the University going She is a teacher having a Western, Western. I love Dillon (now system of Montana in the Helena and everything at so it would and has a great as a graduate Western) school at job there. That assistant after reason I interviewe But we figured be very hard to leave. ended his playing cents an injury is the Id just put in - 75 main d up there, and see what sons Josh and ontana career. After for the Carroll said Keller, whose that included illon, M happens. a career Wes both - dplayed job 1881 stops at Boise Western Keller was the basketball at s since under former Washington State Montana roll first of the four headline and head coach State, Choate Making job to be interviewe finalists for the But I am really Mark Durham. was hired in mid April as Card. Tim Cleary, special as head mens A move to Carrolltorn about this. who has served for the University teams coordinator basketball coach for the past at Pacific University of Floridi Gators. coming for Keller, would represent a sort three seasons, Choate was hired of homewho played high interviewed Next week, Carroll school basketball Tuesday. Will Muschamp by Florida head coach in Custer and graduated will interview from Rocky Head . lege in Billings, Assistant San Diego State Mountain ColCoach Michael Choate is a but coached Cunningham, 1993 graduate girls for almost two ern. head basketball Burns and Dr. Carson of Westdecades at Helena and boys basketball School coach at Andrean he won three in Merrilvill state champions High School, where High e, Indiana. the three he Keller said he hips to go along earned while expects to hear with on whether coaching at back from Carroll he will be offered Opheim. next week. the job by the end of


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8/178/18 Nevada City Living History Weekend: The Flour Riot, Nevada City. For more info, please call the Montana Heritage Commission at 406.843.5247. 8/238/25 Seventh Annual Blues Fest at the Bale of Hay Saloon, Virginia City. 8/24 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 8/248/25 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Women of Alder Gulch Join with the suffragettes who are working on getting the vote for the women of the campor join the opposition, if you dare. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843-5247. 08-26-08-31 Beaverhead County Fair at Dillon. F-H projects, flowers, animals, carnival a ton of old-fashioned fun. 8/289/2 Montanas Biggest Weekend, with rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts, livestock, karaoke, parade and concert, sponsored by the Dillon Jaycees. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 8/31 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 8/31 Alder Gulch Tour by Lantern lets you witness history by lantern. Reservations required and available by calling (406) 843.5247. 8/31 9/2 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Jack Slades End. Witness what happens to Jack Slade after he spends a night shooting up the town Nevada City. For more info, call the Montana Heritage Commission at (406) 843.5247. 8/31 Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, part of Montanas Biggest Weekend, sponsored by Dillon Jaycees, 7:30 p.m. at Beaverhead County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 8/31 Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival, Depot Park next to Beaverhead County Museum in downtown Dillon, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. September 9/1 Boardwalk Arts & Crafts



A Beaverhead County Fair goer enjoys one of the many tasty treats along the midway. This year, the fair will run from Aug. 28 - Sept. 2 at Beaverhead Fair Grounds.
Festival, Depot Park next to Beaverhead County Museum in downtown Dillon, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./ For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 9/1 Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, part of Montanas Biggest Weekend sponsored by Dillon Jaycees, Beaverhead County Fairgrounds at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 9/1 Concert with Clay Walker at Beaverhead County Fairgrounds, 8:30 p.m. 9/1 Historic Organ Concert, 5 p.m. St. Pauls Church, Virginia City, hosted by Virginia City Preservation Alliance, call (800) 829-2969. 9/2 Parade through downtown Dillon, as part of Montanas Biggest Weekend sponsored by Dillon Jaycees, starting at 10 a.m. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 9/2 Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival, Depot Park next to Beaverhead County Museum in downtown Dillon, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (406) 683-5771. 9/2 Last Day to Tour Nevada

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SUNDAY OPEN MEETING: 7:00 in Melrose at the Church of the Big Hole TUESDAY OPEN MEETING: 8 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church hall, upstairs, 203 E. Glendale, Dillon. OPEN MEETING: 8 p.m. Alder School in Alder WEDNESDAY OPEN MEETING: 12 noon Dillon Alano Club, 29 1/2 E. Center - Big Book Study THURSDAY OPEN MEETING: 8 p.m. Church of the Valley, Twin Bridges FRIDAY OPEN MEETING: 8 p.m. Alano Club, 29 1/2 E. Center (above BPOE Club), Dillon AL-ANON MEETING: MONDAY : 7 p.m., Alano Club, 29 1/2 E. Center (above BPOE Club), Dillon WEDNESDAY MEETING: 8 p.m., Sheridan 842-7922 DILLON ALANO CLUB NON-MEETING OPEN HOURS FRIDAY 7:30 - 9:30 p.m SATURDAY 7:30 - 9:30 p.m For information on the Dillon Alano club & local meetings, call 683-9964

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City Open Air Museum in 2013. For more HFAM) in Virginia City and Nevada City.,,The information please call the Montana Heritage event will feature full-day workshops, speakCommission at (406) 843.5247. ers and a Yellowstone expedition. For more 9/2 End of Bannack State Park Guided Tours. information, call (406) 843-5247, ext. 206. For more information, call (406) 834-3413. 9/21 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana 9/2 9/30 Bannack State Park Visitor Center St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. hours adjusted to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9/28 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana 9/7 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana St., St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 9/30 Close of Tipi Rental at Bannack State 9/79/8 Nevada City Living History Weekend: Park, call (855) 922-6768. Winter Apples. Discover the uses of apples that October were brought west by the early settlers. Apple 10/110/31 Bannack State Park Visitor fritters, apple pies, apple cider and more. Historic Center open weekends only through October. foods, skills and demonstrations, plus reenactFor more information, call (406) 834-3413. ments of daily life of the 19th century, Nevada 10/5 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana City. For more info, call the Montana Heritage St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. Commission at (406) 843.5247. 10/25 Bannack State Park begins winter 9/79/8 Barrett/Brandvold Memorial Trap hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Shoot. For more information call (406) 683-4820 10/25-26 Ghost Walks, Historic/Hysteric or (406) 683-5801. Night Tour of Bannack State Park, 7-9 p.m. 9/14 Dillon Farmers Market, 20 N. Montana Reservations required and available at (406) St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (406) 498-6198. 834-3413. 9/14 Annual Weed Whackers Ball, sponsored 10/25-26 Living History Weekend: All by the Big Hole Watershed Committee, Wise Hallows Eve. Presents Halloween, Nevada Golfers can enjoy two courses in the City style, including kid-safe non-scary zone, River Community Center. For more information, call (406) 960-4855. Dillon area Beaverhead Golf Course, scary zone and haunted trail. For more info, 9/1922 Living History Program, Bannack a nine-hole, par-72 layout, and Sleepy contact the Montana Heritage Commission at State Park. For more information, call (406) (406) 843.5247. Hollow, a 10-hole, par 3 course. 834-3413. December 9/199/22 The Tri-Regional Conference of the 12/26 Bannack State Park Ice Skating Pond Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (AL- opens, weather permitting, (406) 834-3413.

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Straddling the Continental Divide and covering much of southwest Montana, the 3.3 million acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest came into existence on Feb. 2, 1996, when the U.S. Forest Service merged the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forests into one unit. President Theodore Roosevelt first proclaimed the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forests on July 1, 1908, pulling together lands which presidents between 1897 and 1905 had titled the Hell Gate, Bitter Root and Big Hole forest reserves. In 1931, the Madison National Forest became part of the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forests. In 1945, the west slope of the Madison Range was transferred from the Gallatin National Forest to the Beaverhead. Camping in the forest - The main camping season in developed campgrounds is from May 30 through Labor Day weekend. Although most campgrounds remain open later, water systems are shut down to prevent freez-

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unexpected. Motorized, wheeled cross-country travel is prohibited. Please stay on roads and trails. Dillon area Hiking. Birch Creek Center Trail System Located in the Pioneer Mountains, Birch Creek Center was originally constructed as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp in the 1930s. It is presently leased by the University of Montana Western and includes a number of short hiking trails. The trail system can be accessed by taking Interstate 15 north from Dillon for 12 miles and taking the Apex exit. Turn up Birch Creek Road and follow the signs to the center. C ross - country ski trails Cross-country ski trails are located in the Pioneer Mountains northwest of Dillon. These marked, but un groomed, trails are open throughout the snow season. Maps of the trails are available at the Dillon Ranger District Office. Downhill skiing Maverick Mountain Ski Area, located approximately 30 miles west of Dillon in the Grasshopper Valley, receives a yearly average of 180 inches of snow. Base elevation is 6,500 with a top elevation of 8,620 and a 2,120 ft. vertical drop. This is a day use area, offering 18 runs. It is 10, located near Elkhorn Hot Springs, where you can enjoy soaking after a day of downhill skiing. S nowmobile trails Forty miles northwest of Dillon are 23 miles marked, groomed trails, a cooperative operation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Beaverhead Snow Riders Club of Dillon and the Wise River Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club. Maps of the route from Elkhorn Hot Springs to Wise River are available at the Dillon and Wise River Ranger District offices. Mountain bike trails A listing of mountain bike trails is available at the Dillon Ranger District office. Motocross track Stone Creek Raceway is located about eight miles north of Dillon on Stone Creek Road. Riding is open to the public for a small fee.

ing. The campgrounds don't have electric or sewer connections. Sites in campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees are charged at many of the developed campgrounds. Cabins Rustic Forest Service cabins are available to rent during portions of the year. Cabins are generally equipped with bare basics (bedding is not furnished). The Forest Service has a brochure available on cabins. T rails Trail opportunities range from hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking to off highway vehicle use. Visitors should obtain a Forest Service map for specific trail locations, restrictions and land ownership. Whichever of these activities you plan, please be considerate of others on the trail, respect wildlife, avoid wetlands, stay on the trail, and if motorized, keep your sound down. Weather conditions are subject to extreme changes in a short period of time. Before embarking on any trip, please check weather forecasts and be prepared for the

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Since 1893 the University of Montana Western has been serving the higher education needs of Beaverhead County, southwestern Montana and the greater northern Rocky Mountain region by providing a wide range of educational opportunities and programs on a beautiful 36-acre campus in Dillon. Surrounded by five mountain ranges and bordered on three sides by the Continental Divide, Montana Western enrolls over 1,100 students and offers bachelor and associate degrees preparing students for a wide array of educational and career goals. Montana Western is unique in a number of ways. The most significant of which is the universitys innovative class scheduling system in which students take one class at a time. Called Experience One, this innovative approach encourages real-world, hands-on experience in learning and the students total participation in their education. The universitys small size ensures an educational experience


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Montana Western, the college at Dillon, has been a fixture of the community for over a century.
rich in student-to-professor instruction and student-to-student interaction. The campus also plays host to a wide range of educational, athletic, and artistic programing for the community, ranging from noncredit evening classes to sporting events to concerts, theater and exhibitions. At Montana Western students prepare for promising and fulfilling careers by studying and applying the latest educational philosophies, business practices, scientific breakthroughs, mathematical knowledge, social theories and technologies toward real challenges. Of particular note, Montana Western offers the nations only four-year natural horsemanship degree. For application information, contact the Admissions Office at (877) 683-7331.

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