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Ronan Montana

Originally settled by Salish residents in 1883, this town was called Spring Creek for the local warm springs that flow into the nearby Flathead River. Residents changed the name to Ronan Springs in 1893 as a tribute to Maj. Peter Ronan, who served as the Flathead Indian Reservation agent from 1877 until his death in 1893. Ronan experienced a sudden boom when the federal government opened the Flathead Indian Reservation to non-Indian homesteading in 1910. (Copyright 2009, Montana Historical Society: Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff)

Adorned with the beauty of the Mission Mountain and various sources of fishing and wildlife habitat, the community of more than 3,000 residents offers a wealth of resources and enjoyment. Ronan's Area Chamber of Commerce is a community project serving summer visitors to the Mission Valley. Hiking in the Mission Mountain Wilderness Area by permit, touring the National Bison Range, picnicking in the city park, enjoying the Garden of the Rockies Museum and sightseeing along the Flathead River are among the many attractions. Just west of Ronan, The Mission Mountain Golf Course is acclaimed as one of Montana's finest golf courses featuring lush fairways and beautiful green with a fantastic view of the Mission Mountains. This course is suited for any caliber of golfer and is open to the public.

Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is an exceptional wetland complex that contains over 800 glacial potholes and a 1,770-acre reservoir. About 200 bird species have been recorded. Nesting great blue herons and double-crested cormorants can be observed from the road on the west side of the refuge.

Provided by: Montana's Official State Travel Site

Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce

Ronan's Mission Mountain County Visitor's Center is a community project of the community of Ronan whose aim is to serve summer visitors to the Mission Valley in Western Montana. The community operates the visitor's center from Memorial Day through Labor Day of each summer tourism season. The visitor's center building is a hand-hewn log structure that was built in the 1870's and was used at the Sloan Stage Stop on the Dixon to Polson stagecoach line in the latter quarter of the 19th century. The building had fallen into disrepair and was relocated on property that was developed into the Mission Mountain Country Club in the 1980's. T

he cabin was moved off the site by Ronan State Bank and was eventually donated to the community for the purposes of being restored into a visitors information center. The project was spearheaded by the Lake County Community Development Corporation which raised community support for the project and secured the assistance of the US Forest Service who awarded a grant to further the project. The site is provided by Ronan State Bank and the building and improvements are owned by the Lake County Community Development Corporation. The center is operated by volunteers organized by the Ronan Chamber of Commerce. Plans are currently being developed to further improve the center by adding a hand hewn log structure to the site to house a restroom facility.

Although the Visitor Information Center is open seasonally, the Chamber of Commerce is open year round.

Provided by: Montana's Official State Travel Site

Garden of the Rockies Museum

The Garden of the Rockies Museum was the first church in Ronan built in the early 1900s. It was given to the Mission Valley Heritage Association in 1980 and moved to its present site with a beautiful view of our famous Sheep's Head Mountain. We acquired Sloans Flat Stage Stop-a dovetailed log house built in 1886; which has added more history to our little corner of the Mission Valley. The Museum has been developed and operated by many volunteers.

Recent additions include a one room schoolhouse, a tool shed and farm machinery building. New buildings and ground space currently in the process of being acquired. We are in the process of developing a cultural center building, the former Round Butte gym building.

We extend an invitation to any individual or organization to join us in our effort to keep all remembering the way it was.

Provided by: Montana's Official State Travel Site

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