Hamilton, MT 59840
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Hamilton is a city in Ravalli County, Montana, United States. The population was 3,705 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Ravalli County. Hamilton was founded by copper king Marcus Daly in the late 19th century. Daly is said to have wanted to begin business in the then county seat of Grantsdale, MT, but was denied the opportunity. He supposedly founded Hamilton out of his own pocket as a reaction to being rebuffed at Grantsdale.
In the summer of 2000, Hamilton made international headlines when forest fires throughout the Bitterroot Valley filled the area with smoke and prompted the evacuation of many residents. President Clinton declared a state of emergency in the area and dispatched National Guardsmen to assist with fighting the fires.
Hamilton is, as of 2004, home to two microbiological research and production facilities: the government run Rocky Mountain Laboratories and a branch of the Corixa Corporation(bought in the late 1990s from the Ribi Corporation). The Corixa Corporation was bought by Glaxo Smith Kline in 2005. In the early 2000's, the government began a case study of the possibility of constructing a Level 4 Biohazard laboratory in the Rocky Mountain Laboratories facility, which would be the first civilian-run Level 4 lab in the country (all others are operated by military personnel). This caused much public outcry in the city, especially with the recent terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax-letter scare. Although met with much local opposition, the facility is currently being constructed.
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