Ruby Valley’s Small Towns = Supportive Communities

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“Cheers” is a Town

Small town living is different. Think of the TV show “Cheers” but with more diversity and quantity. “Everybody knows your name and….” where you’re from and what you do for a living and how you like to spend your free time. When everyone knows you, you can’t help but be connected. If your kids are in school or daycare, there’s a huge connection. Same for church-goers. There are connections through the Chamber, the library, fishing, hunting, the community garden, the town council, Rotary and much more. With these connections come support, real support, not just lip service.

Ruby Valley Community Organizations

Not All White & Straight

When most people think of Montana, the mental images are probably of cowboys, mountains, cows, and maybe trout fishing or hunting.  And almost all the people are white or Native American and straight.  Well, you might be surprised at the level of diversity in Montana’s population, especially in a lower density area like the Ruby Valley.  Families of African American, Asian and Hispanic ancestry are warmly welcomed into the community and schools.  The secular organizations and many of the churches discourage any discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • American Foreign Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Bodacious Babes Red Hatters
  • Jackson’s Garden
  • Ruby Valley Woodbank
  • Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
  • Friends of the Twin Bridges & Sheridan Libraries
  • Ruby Valley Food Pantry
  • Twin Bridges & Sheridan Senior Centers
  • Twin Bridges Merchants Association
  • Sheridan Main Street Improvement Team
  • Twin Bridges Rotary Club
  • AA/Alanon
  • Ruby Valley Swim Club
  • Tobacco Root Archers
  • Ruby Valley Hospital Foundation
The Ruby Valley Woodbank

Some Additional Comments About Twin Bridges and Fishing

You could take every peaceful town ever depicted on every Christmas card ever produced and none would compare to the serenity of Twin Bridges in winter. Located just above the confluence of the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers, Lewis and Clark passed through here over two-hundred years ago….

The town itself doesn’t look too full of life anymore. After the state closed the orphanage in the seventies, businesses shut down and not much has happened ever since. But if you scrape the surface a bit you will find a varied gathering of townsfolk who would rival the lovable characters found in that mythical TV town of Mayberry.

— Jerry Kustich From
A Wisp in the Wind

Twin Bridges has been the obscure epicenter of splendid trout waters for decades. Although the town has escaped development that has sprawled throughout the entire Rocky Mountain Range the past ten years, some believe it is just a matter of time before the slow creep of civilization comes around the corner. And it likely will.

For us, however, living in a time-forgotten community where a handshake and trust are synonymous, these values will be ingrained in us forever. Along with its rich fishing history, these hometown values are what we hope to share with everyone.