Historical Sites in Mission Valley Montana include all of the nine sites listed below and more. The nine Mission and Jocko Valley Museums bring to life the rich history of the Mission Valley.  This are of Montana extends from Arlee Montana and beyond Polson.

Arlee Montana, hosts the Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum.  This museum contains an outdoor veterans memorial, memorabilia from area veterans, and Pioneer Day Photographs among other interesting historical features.  Arlee Montana also hosts the annual historical 4th of July Celebration and Pow Wow, as well as the Arlee Farmers Market and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

Historical Sites

Historical Sites in Mission Valley Montana

Moving south, to the town of St.Ignatius maintains the St. Ignatius Mission Church historical site.  The Church established in 1854 featuring 58 frescoes and murals, 1864 Sisters of Providence Residence.   Next to the Mission, there is a museum and gift shop that displays Mission and Indian artifacts and sells religious items. Also on site is a the log home which was the original Sisters’ residence when they first arrived. The Mission is open daily for tourists and for those who wish to worship privately from 9:00am – 7:00pm in the summer. 9:00am – 5:00pm in the winter. Sunday Mass is at 9:15am.

Traveling south on US Highway 93 you will travel to the Fort Connah Historical Site. The site of Fort Connah is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Connah was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post established in 1846. One of the three original buildings still remains and is believed to be the oldest standing building in Montana. The fort was active from 1846 to 1871. Constructed in 1847, the last Hudson’s Bay Trading Post built in the U.S.  Continuing on you will find the Four Winds Indian Trading Post. The  Post maintains some 1870 historic log buildings.  Beads, craft supplies, moccasins, herbs, pipes, hides, artifacts, replicas and books.

Historical Sites in the Mission Valley Montana

Further south in Charlo Montana is the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.  This historical site maintains Native American and early Montana artifacts, photographs and dioramas.  The beautiful log-faced building is directly across the highway from the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. A gift shop offers a wide selection of items from Montana artisans and craftspeople, plus a large selection of books and other gift items. Built in 1998, the 8,000 plus square foot museum memorializes the history and culture of the Flathead Indian Reservation and early Montana. In addition, it contains four rooms of artifacts, historical photographs, a selection of stunning beadwork, guns, and a diorama room filled with mounted wildlife and an Indian camp circa 1880. Also on the property is an approximately one-eighth mile long nature trail with a spectacular view of the Mission Mountains.

Garden of the Rockies MuseumThe next of the Historical Sites in Mission Valley Montana is located in Ronan Montana.  The Garden of the Rockies Museum contains pioneer memorabilia from our the Mission Valley and Ronan Montana.

In addition to all it contains, The Garden of the Rockies Museum was the first church in Ronan built in the early 1900s and extends an invitation to any individual or organization to join us in our effort to keep all remembering the way it was.

The Flathead Indian Reservation

Furthermore, traveling on you will come to Pablo Montana. Pablo hosts the The People’s Center Tribal Museum & Gift Shop. This historical site in the Mission Valley is a collection of artifacts from the rich history of the  Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. It is in the heart of the Mission Valley.  The Flathead Indian Reservation is a unique cultural center, built by the region’s original creators of the fine arts and crafts: the Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille peoples. It is more than a historical site,  it is a vital, living encounter with Native American culture.

Historical Sites in Polson Montana

Upon arriving in Polson Montana you will first come the the Miracle of America Museum. Montana’s largest and most diversified museum.  Vintage motorcycles dating from 1923.  Vehicles from 1914.  Huge military collection.  41 village buildings.  Outdoor metal sculptures.  Kid friendly.  Polson also hosts the Polson Flathead Lake Museum. Reservation Pioneer and Native American exhibits (stagecoach, buggies, daily living). Home of the Flathead Lake Monster!

In closing, there are many Historical Sites in Mission Valley Montana to be enjoyed by you and your family. See you soon.