Category: History

Why Choose Twin Bridges, Montana?

Twin Bridges, home to approximately 375 people offers an abundance of recreational amenities including hiking, biking, floating, and more. When not hiking to the hidden lakes found around the town, you could be fishing the for blue ribbon trout. The Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers all converge near Twin Bridges to form the Jefferson….

The Deschamps Ranch

Located south of Frenchtown, Montana (outside of Missoula) is an agricultural oasis that has been around for over four generations. The Deschamps Ranch is one of the oldest ranches in Montana dating back to 1877 when the Deschamps family first settled in Montana. Not only is this a place for farming and vegetation, but there…

The Snowcrest Ranch

The Snowcrest, owned by Turner Enterprises, Inc, is a beautiful 13,343-acre ranch located along the Upper Ruby River in Southwest Montana. The ranch operates as a working ranch for the production of bison and wildlife. The Snowcrest Ranch provides a good habitat for a variety of wildlife including mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk,…

Twin Bridges Historic Round Barn

The historic Round Barn at Twin Bridges offers a variety of uses including hosting weddings, large parties, smaller meetings, and retreats as well. Built in 1882 by Noah Armstrong, for the Doncaster Stable and Stud Farm. The original barn had 3 floors including an automatic windmill-driven water system, feeding chutes, an indoor track, and stalls…

Reality Checking the Premier of Kevin Costner’s ‘Yellowstone’

Last night was the premier of Paramount Network’s much anticipated new series, ‘Yellowstone’, starring Kevin Costner. Costner, also the Executive Producer, plays a rancher who owns and operates the largest ranch in Montana and battles aggressive neighbors on several fronts. The show is set in the Paradise Valley area near Bozeman but was filmed mostly…

Spring Weed Management

Did you know Montana developed its first weed law in 1895? Current State Law says that it is unlawful for anyone to allow noxious weeds to spread or produce seeds on their land. Spring is an excellent time to begin your integrated weed management before the plants mature. Benefits of Managing Noxious Weeds + Its the…

On the Shoulders of Giants

Celebrating 40 years of conservation On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation (Full Film) from Eric Ian on Vimeo. At long last, Five Valleys is happy to publicly unveil the 2016 short film On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation! Produced by filmmaker Eric Ian and in association…

Montana Provides The Capital Christmas Tree In 2017

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.     In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked…

Historic Elk Lodge Cabin

The historic Elk Lodge Cabin is offered for the first time since it’s local materials were carefully selected and hand crafted back in the early days of settling the Gallatin Canyon. The deep history & original rustic character are expressed throughout it’s hand hewn logs, paned windows and original hardware.  In the early 1900’s, Congress enacted the…

Bear Creek Schoolhouse, Cameron, Montana

A wonderful piece of history lies across the road from the Bear Creek Ranch in Cameron, Montana. The once vibrant one room school known as Bear Creek Schoolhouse, now serves the community in a new light as documented in Cowboy & Indians Magazine.

One room, no running water, no students in 70 years. But as photographer Thomas Lee shows, this schoolhouse in rural Montana still serves as the heart of a community.