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A Guide to Historic Missoula*

A Guide to Historic Missoula*

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 6

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 6
by Allan James Mathews
Winner of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History

Situated west of the Continental Divide, the town of Missoula started in 1860 as a trading post called Hellgate. Supplying miners with produce, flour, other trade goods, and later with lumber was Missoula's early reason for being. Its designation as county seat in 1866 and the arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1883 and the Milwaukee Road in 1909 cemented the community's role as a center of commerce. Its economy diversified further when it became home to the state university—now called University of Montana—in 1895 and the U.S. Forest Service's regional district headquarters for the Rocky Mountains in 1908. With a flourishing downtown district and well-preserved historic homes, Missoula's streetscapes today reflect the town's abundant history, thanks, in part, to a successful historic preservation program that has preserved the community's rich architectural legacy. Explore Missoula's buildings, parks, and historic sites through this guide.

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