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Sula, Montana
French basin near Sula, 1939
French basin near Sula, 1939
Sula, Montana is located in Montana
Sula, Montana
Sula, Montana
Location in Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Ravalli
Area
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation
4,422 ft (1,348 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 37
 • Density 11/sq mi (4.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59871
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-71800

Sula is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ravalli County, Montana, United States. The population was 37 at the 2010 census.

The area was originally called Ross's Hole from Alexander Ross, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader who had traveled through the area in spring 1824. In 1889, settlers named the post office after Ursula (Sula for short) Thompson, purportedly the first non-Indian child born in Ross’s Hole.

Geography

Sula is located at 45°50′12″N 113°58′54″W / 45.83659°N 113.98175°W / 45.83659; -113.98175, along U.S. Route 93 in southern Ravalli County. It lies along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River at the west end of Ross' Hole, a wide valley surrounded by mountains. It is 35 miles (56 km) north along U.S. 93 to Hamilton, the county seat, and 58 miles (93 km) south over Lost Trail Pass to Salmon, Idaho.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km2), of which 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.09%, is water.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sula has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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