Florence is a charming little town nestled between the Bitterroot and the Sapphire Mountains. A.B. Hammond opened up a sawmill in the center of the Bitterroot's best logging area and it became the town of Florence in 1888 which he named after his wife. Carlton, a town to the north, eventually merged with Florence, and is why the school is now called Florence Carlton School.
Recreation is accessible on both the north side of Florence with Chief Looking Glass Campground
(on the Bitterroot River) or you can go south to Bass Creek Campground or Poker Joe River Access - bicycling is encouraged! The Doug Vulcan trail runs from Florence to the Bitterroot River. On the west side of the Bitterroot River, you can follow the Lewis and Clark trail where Capt. Clark and his men returned from Oregon in 1806.
Florence has a strong sense of community aided by the Civic Club, the bi-annual Renaissance fair, harvest festival, and the nicest ball park in the valley where the American Legion sponsored Bitterroot Bucs play.
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