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Who is Stevens . . . and Other Montana Names

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A territorial governor is remembered in Stevensville's name. (KLYQ Photo)

There are some strange names for towns in Montana. For instance, Loma, up by the Marias River. The word is telegraph shorthand for Lower Marias (Lo-Ma), back when telegraph lines paralleled the railroads.
Our photo is a marker for Stevensville, here in the Bitterroot, named for Washington territorial governor Isaac Stevens, back before Montana became a state.
Brian Shovers, one of the four authors of “Montana Place Names: From Alzada to Zortman”, will be at the Ravalli County Museum Thursday evening for another in their free lecture series.
The presentation starts at 6pm in the old District Courtroom of the museum at the corner of South 3rd and Bedford in Hamilton. Brian will bring with him maps and historical photos from the Montana Historical Society in Helena. And, he’ll be signing copies of the book, which are for sale at the Ravalli County Museum. The lecture is sponsored by Humanities Montana.
The Ravalli County Museum website has more information.

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