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Bitterroot Valley: 50 mile garage sale; the smokeless smokestack and a few historical factoids


July 11, 2018

My wife could hardly believe that two of the days we visited the Bitterroot Valley coincided with the annual two-day 50 Mile Garage Sale, with yard/garage sales along the 50-mile route from Lolo to Darby. One seller told, "The Bitterroot Valley is full of dedicated "junkers," people who collect and then sell." This photo, of my wife who loves yard sales, was at a hot spot near Lolo, a community about 10 miles south of Missoula.

Reporters note: An invitation to a birthday party in Hamilton and my wife's attempts to learn more about our adopted state resulted in our visiting the Bitterroot Valley-the valley that runs south from Missoula along the base of the Bitterroot Mountains. Though we'd driven through parts of the valley on occasion, we'd never really taken the time to poke around and learn about the area. After three days in the Bitterroot, here's some of what we found interesting about the valley and its environ.

Travelers' Rest near Lolo

Driving US 93 south out of Missoula, the first settlement is Lolo. Trav...

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