Florence

The earliest Irish immigrants who settled here called the town "One Horse" for the little creek that runs through it. It was later named for the wife of A.B. Hammond, a prominent resident of Missoula. Hammond was instrumental in developing the area for timber production. He brought the railroad to the area to transport the lumber and built a sawmill to process it. 

Florence grew up at the center of a prime wheat producing area also. At one time, history records as many as 100 carloads of wheat per day were shipped out of the area.

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