|RAVALLI COUNTY, created by
the Montana Legislature on March 3, 1893, is located in western
Montana. It was named after Father Antony Ravalli, born May 6, 1812 in
Ferrara, Italy, who came here in 1845. Ravalli County is known as the
Bitter Root Valley. The valley was named for a small pink flower, the
Bitterroot, which is the state flower of Montana. The flower received
its name from the Indians who harvested its starchy roots as part of
their diet. The valley was a travel route for several Indian tribes as
they traveled to the eastern plains to hunt bison, but only the
Salish-speaking people (Flathead Indians) considered the valley their
The Bitterroot Valley is located on the western edge
of Montana, in a protected north/south mountain valley located between
two mountain ranges, the Sapphire Mountain range on the east and the
Bitterroot National Forest on the west. The elevation ranges from 3,200
feet at the north end of the valley to 10,157 feet on Trapper Peak in
the mountains at the south end of the valley. The elevation at the
Hamilton airport is 3,638 feet and the Stevensville airport elevation
is 3,620 feet. The Bitter Root Valley is 96 miles long, 25 miles wide
and is 2,394 square miles of land area.
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