Bonner, east of Missoula, had one of the state's first large sawmills. The town was named for E. L. Bonner, an early settler in Missoula and first president of the Missoula and Bitterroot Valley Railroad (1888). Bonner's Ferry, Idaho was also named for this Montana lumber magnate. (from Cheney's
Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Bonner is on the Blackfoot River in beautiful western Montana.