Bitterroot Sunset 
Bitterroot Sunset, Corvallis, Montana, September 2001

Hamilton, Montana

Once again, we have moved. We sold the Missoula house the day we listed it, and soon found ourselves homeless, camped in a single-wide rental trailer in a farmyard in Corvallis, Montana. View wasn't bad, but trailer life didn't agree with the cats, either.

Mill Creek Canyon 
Mill Creek Canyon, Bitterroot Mountains: view from Corvallis, Montana

After looking at a number of houses and having one deal fall through at the appraisal, we decided to buy the house we liked best and get rid of enough belongings to fit into it. Our new home is in Hamilton, Montana, county seat of Ravalli County, in the heart of the Bitterroot River Valley. The valley is defined by the Sapphire Mountains to the east and the Bitterroot Mountains to the west. Hamilton was founded by Marcus Daly, Montana's leading copper king, who chose the location for his summer home away from the mines of Anaconda.

Blodgett Canyon, Bitterroot
Blodgett Canyon, Bitterroot Mountains: view from K-Mart parking lot, Hamilton, Montana

Our new house was built in 1915 a few blocks west of the Ravalli County Court House and just south of Hamilton's Main Street. The Bitterroot River is two blocks west. Like many farmhouse-style homes, the front door enters the kitchen, while the living room door is on the side of the house.

Our House