As we were driving through Hamilton we decided to stop and visit the Daly Mansion.
In 1886 Marcus Daly, a copper baron, purchased the existing Chaffin homestead and completely remodeled it in 1889. This was their summer home where they did extensive entertaining. In 1897 it was remodeled again to a Queen Anne style Victorian home and again in 1910.
The home was called Riverside. There are over 50 rooms, with 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and 7 fireplaces. Total square footage is 24,000 square feet plus a basement. The interesting thing we learned was how the original furnishing were eventually returned to the mansion.
Tours started on the hour and we had 30 minutes before the tour started. We were given a map of the grounds and we checked out the plunge, the playhouse, the ice house, the laundry and other buildings on the ground. They did not allow photography inside the mansion.
Bill and I were the only two on the tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. We toured the third floor by ourselves and we were lucky that she mentioned how to find our way out.
Over two hours later we resumed our drive to Missoula. We made a quick stop in Costco as we remembered we were in Kokanee country. Kokanee is a beer made in Canada that we both like.
We hurried back to the Mountaineer to unload the beer and drive up to the Gannon's for dinner. It's hard to find the words to tell you about the Bitterroot Valley--peaceful, serene, beautiful, quiet and etc. You just have to be here to experience it.
I'll let you be the judge. Does Christina have talent? I think her paintings are better than many art shows I have been too.
Dinner was magnificent. The evening was so pleasant but eventually we had to say our goodbyes and see ya' in Q in January.