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- Calamity Jane in Montana

- Lost Trail Pass

- Recent Census Information

- First Hamilton Family

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First Hamilton Family107/24 07:13
In 1864 the R.W Nichols family came over the Gibbons Pass trail from the Big Hole country. This family was late in leaving Bannock because of a delayed wage payment, and they were caught by a snow storm which turned the four day trip into 16 grueling days of snowcovered steep trails. The Nichols pitched their tent at the south edge of present day Hamilton. They were in rough shape and low on supplies. James Tolton, was the first settler they encountered. He told them about the John Owen's grist mill in Stevensville. Two of the Nichols party undertook the journey to Stevensville for supplies, which took eight more days. They returned with 23 pounds of flour and 15 pounds of bran at a price of 15 cents a pound.

Calamity Jane in Montana107/24 07:12
Calamity Jane was once a "Bitterrooter". Calamity Jane was Jane Burke, born Mary Jane Canary in Missouri in 1852. An article from the Bitter Root Times of 1896 recounts that Jane Burke and her husband ran a cafe on Main Street. A few days before leaving town Calamity had a good fill of whiskey and got involved in a big fight where she broke windows, kicked over tables and blackened both eyes of her cook. She boasted that she wanted to take on the strongest and biggest "Bitter Rooter!"

Recent Census Information106/7 15:31
Hamilton Census The census of 2000 found 3,705 people living in Hamilton, Montana. These people composed 1,772 households, with 855 families actually residing in the city. Hamilton has a population density of 619.3/km² (1,603.6/mi²). I   

Lost Trail Pass106/7 15:29
Lost Trail Pass

Lost Trail Pass is famous from the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As they came over the pass from Idaho into Montana, they lost the trial and spent several miserable days in heavy snow storms. And this was just the first of their miseries. As winter was closing in the unhappy expedition sloshed through the Montana mountains, finally reaching Oregon in a state of near starvation.

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The Hamilton Montana area has many natural hot springs, both public and private.


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