Ian and Margaret's RV Adventures travel blog

Missoula was the next stop, where we spent a day driving around small towns in the vicinity, and visited the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. Marcus Daly was the owner of the Anaconda Mine in Butte and once owned many thousands of acres of land in northwest Montana, from which he obtained timber necessary to the running of the mine. The roads are lined with lumber mills and log-home manufacturing yards. Hamilton is a town originally owned completely by Marcus Daly and he built a summer house (mansion!) there, which was later remodeled by his wife after his death. It is now a museum set in several acres of ground, surrounded by farms and developed areas that were originally part of the Daly acreage. The house is nicely restored and fascinating to visit and the grounds are lovely to wander around. The town itself is a typical small town, with a few touches to remind you that it is prime summer-home territory.

We were there over the 4th of July and the entire area was dotted with fireworks stands, red-white-and-blue bunting and flags. They really celebrate here in old-fashioned style.

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