Amidst economic prosperity brought on by the local “apple boom,” Stevensville physician Dr. William Thornton established this surgical center, then the only such facility in the entire Bitterroot Valley. Completed in 1910, builder W. R. Rodgers used…

In 1905, a devastating fire swept through Stevensville destroying many of the town’s vulnerable wooden buildings. The tragedy prompted local officials to pass an ordinance requiring architects and contractors to build with non-flammable materials.…

The Caple family came to the Burnt Fork in 1884 from Webster County, Missouri. Caple became a successful rancher and real estate agent, profiting from brisk land speculation in the Bitterroot Valley during the early 1900s. Upon retirement from…