Missoula is located in the central-western part in the state of Montana.
Missoula is the second largest city in the state of Montana with a population of 66,788 residents (2010).
The Garden City. Missoula is known as the state's cultural center. The city is surrounded by mountains on all sides and has two aquatic parks, multiple golf courses, is home to the Adventure Cycling Association, and hosts the best overall marathon in the nation according to Runner's World.
To See And To Do In Missoula
Missoula Art Museum
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Families First Children's Museum
Montana Museum of Art and Culture
Montana Natural History Center
National Museum of Forest Service History
Garnet Ghost Town
Bannack Ghost Town
Pangaea River Rafting
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History
History Of Missoula
In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through the region. The met Native Americans from the Salish tribe and they called the region Nemissoolatakoo. In 1841, aJesuit priest opened a mission in the region. In 1860, Captain C.P. Higgins and Francis L. Worden established the first settlement in Missoula. Mullan Road, the first wagon road, was established. In 1864, a saw mill and grist mill was erected. In 1869, the first school opened. In 1870, the Missoula and Ceder Creek Pioneer went to press. It is Missoula's first newspaper. In 1872, the town had 66 new buildings. In 1873, the first Higgins Ave. bridge was constructed and the St. Patrick Hospital was opened. In 1877, the first Fire Department was organized and the same year, the Indian scare led to the construction of Fort Missoula. In 1879, the first telephones came to town and in 1884 the first telephone exchange opened.
In 1883, the railroad was built and went through Missoula. In 1886, the world's largest lumber mill at the time was built. The mill produced timbers for railroad structures and for building construction. In 1889, electricity arrived to Missoula and Missoula was incorporated as City of Missoula. In 1890, horse-drawn streetcars went into service. In 1892, buildings in downtown were lost to a devastating fire. In 1895, the University of Montana opened. In 1908, the U.S Forest Service's regional headquarters opened. In 1910, electric streetcars went into service. In 1917, Jeanette Rankin became the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She was born and raised in Missoula. In 1932, the streetcars was replaced by buses.
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