Bitterroot Fire (08/06/2000) This famous public domain photo was taken by John McColgan on 8/6/2000 from the Bridge on U93 over the East Fork of the Bitterroot near Sula. The site PublicSafe.net has a copy of the higher resolution image.
Sula, Montana (population 10) is a quaint mountain setting on highway 93. Although the town is little more than a gas station, bar and post
office in a wide open valley. It was once one of the most picturesque towns on highway 93. It will be interesting to see how the town fairs after the massive highway 93 construction, that leaves the town facing a superhighway and a massive road cut.
Lewis and Clark passed through the area in September 1805 where the Corps of
Discovery met a party of Salish Indians. Lewis and Clark referred to the tribe
as the Flathead.
In March 1824, Alexander Ross and company spent a miserable month camped near Sula as they waited for the southern passes to clear. They named the area the Valley of Troubles and it took on the name Ross' Hole.
The town was named for Ursula Thompson [ref] the first white child born in the area.
can see the fire damage from the fires that ravaged Montana during the 2000 fire
season. See Book Montana