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Historic St. Mary’s Mission

Historic St. Mary’s Mission

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Monday Closed Tuesday 10AM–5PM Wednesday 10AM–5PM Thursday 10AM–5PM Friday 10AM–5PM Saturday 11AM–3PM Sunday Closed
(406) 777-5734
Admission is free, but donations are welcomed
lat: 46.5090745 long: -114.0976772

St. Mary’s Mission was the first white settlement in Montana, which eventually grew into the town of Stevensville. Today, these buildings are preserved to give visitors insights into the early days of the settlement of the West.

After being introduced to Christianity by Iroquois trappers in the early 1800s, the Salish and Nez Perce sent multiple delegations to St. Louis throughout the 1830s in hopes of convincing missionaries to come to the Bitterroot Valley. In 1841, Father Pierre Jean DeSmet established St. Mary’s on the east bank of the Bitterroot River. It became a place where Indian culture and Christianity would blend.

Today, Historic St. Mary’s Mission is home to restored buildings, museums, and artifacts which reflect on the history of the site and the Salish people. The St. Mary’s Mission Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. Group and individual guided tours are available.

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