Corvallis was named for the town of Corvallis, Oregon, by people who had come from there to settle in the rich Montana valley. The name originally came from two French words:
, meaning heart, and
, meaning valley. "The wagon trains began coming to the valley in 1862… Some of the people settled there… A Frenchman by the name of Herron named Corvallis in 1869, and was the first to build a house on the townsite" (Luther, Stanley and Rozella Olson). (from Cheney's
Names on the Face of Montana
, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Corvallis is located in the "heart of the valley" between magnificent Bitterroot Mountains and the Sapphire Range south of Missoula.
Teller Wildlife Refuge
sprawls out along over 4 miles of the Bitterroot River, one of Montana's premier trout rivers. The Refuge is comprised of 1,200 acres of farmland and river bottom dedicated to the conservation of western Montana's finest native riparian habitat. Whitetail deer, moose, red foxes, coyotes, porcupines, marmots, beaver, otter, muskrats and many smaller mammals enjoy a landscape managed for biodiversity. Three species of trout lurk in our waters, which include several spring creeks where guest hone their skills.