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Darby is a small town in the Bitterroot Mountains of southwestern Montana, near the Montana and Idaho borders, in Ravalli County. The first USDA Forest Service station was established in Darby, and the National Museum of Forest Service History is located there. Than Wilkerson and Henry Tittle, early Forest Rangers, built the one-room lodgepole pine cabin, with a sod roof, in June of 1899. Darby was named in 1888 for its postmaster, James Darby, and the architecture of its older buildings have a distinct Western flair. The Pioneer Memorial Museum in Darby was originally one of the first hand-hewn homestead cabins in the region. The town is located on US Highway 93, which is part of the Lewis and Clark Trail, as well as the Transcontinental Bicycle Path. Charlos Heights, Grantsdale and Hamilton are to the north, and Conner and Sula are to the south of Darby. The Bitterroot National Forest and the Bitterroot Mountains are to the west, while the Sapphire Mountains are to the east.


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