The warmth and charm of Victor provides you with small community traditions and the ability to experience nature out your back door. With mountain corridors and rivers close by, there is an abundance of wildlife and fowl to enjoy.
Minutes away from the center of Victor is a labyrinth, a corn maze, float trips down the Bitterroot River, and hiking or horseback riding from one of the many trail heads.
You can also unwind at one of Victor's vacation rental, lodges, or Bed & Breakfasts and enjoy fantastic dining at one of Victor's many restaurants, known to be some of the valley's best. For larger groups, choose from one of the privately owned event destination centers, each having a unique landscape and charm.
There are over 120 small businesses spread throughout the community of Victor, including banking, services, manufacturing, and agriculture. Home to one of the most outstanding schools in Ravalli County, Victor's Class C school, K -12, with over 300 students, includes the new Mary Stuart Rogers Performing Arts Center. Opened on January 27, 2009, this brand new venue, with state-of-the-art equipment, has a capacity of 270.
Like most small Montana rural communities, Victor is close-knit, helping and enjoying the town they live in.
History of Victor
With the timbered Bitterroot Mountains to the west; meadows with tall grasses flowing in the breeze; Bitterroot flowers; camas bulbs; other native crops scattered along the foothills; and cold, crisp mountain streams finding their way to the river, the Salish occupied the Bitterroot Valley before the earliest trappers and explorers came. Salish sweat lodges and campsites occupied the areas now known as Sweat House Creek, Indian Prairie Loop, and Chief Victor Camp Road, to name a few.
The first white people to visit the Victor area were members of the Lewis and Clark expedition when they traveled through in 1805. Chief Plenty of Horses, christened Victor, was chief of the Salish from 1842-1870. Chief Victor died in the summer of 1870 on a hunt near Three Buttes in eastern Montana.
Founded on August 20, 1881, the town was originally named Garfield, in honor of President James A. Garfield. Later, when applying for a post office destination for the town, it was discovered that the name "Garfield" was already taken. It was renamed for Chief Victor of the Salish tribe and the name Victor was made official December 12, 1881. Shortly afterwards, Victor experienced the railroad and silver mining boom along with prosperity in lumber and agriculture.
To learn more about Chief Victor, visit www.chiefvictordays.com.