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Missoula County, Montana
59801, 59802, 59803
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Year ago, when the Salish Indians went to the Great Plains to hunt Buffalo, they traveled the route which passes through present-day Missoula to get there. Lewis and Clark followed the same route to the mouth of Hell Gate Canyon where the city is now located. The Blackfoots laid in wait for many of the Salish as they returned through the canyon. Many died here leading the area to be called "Porte de L'Enfer" or "Gate of Hell," by the French-Canadian trappers.
Lumber has always been a large part of the economy. One of the first lumber millsin the regions was begun in Missoula. Region 1 headquarters for the US Forest Service are here, as well as research centers for forest fires. The University of Montana also maintains a22,000 acre experimental forest to help these research stations with their work.
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Within an hour's drive you can hike four different mountain ranges, bike hundreds of miles of trails, fish five major rivers and ski any of four resorts
home to The University of Montana
Art Museum of Missoula
335 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802-4520
See 19th and 20th century art of the Western states. There are both permanent and changing exhibits at the museum. Art classes are also offered.
Fort Missoula & Historical Museum
Fort Missoula Bldg 333
Missoula, MT 59804
This attractions is at the center of the former Fort Missoula which was established in 1877 during the troubles with the Nez Perce under Chief Joseph. See both indoor and outdoor exhibits on the history of Missoula County and more. There are 12 historic structures and fort buildings, some of which have been faithfully restored. Guided tours are available.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wildlife Visitor Center
2291 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802-1813
Many world-record elk displays along with a wildlife art gallery and other life-size mounts, including grizzly, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Films are shown continuously.
Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot
Phone: 406-329-4934 or 329-4900
Next to the Johnson-Bell airport. See dioramas, photographs, artifacts and more about the history of firefighting in the Forest Service. Guided tours are given of the base.
Snowbowl Ski Area
12 miles northwest of Missoula is this premium ski area with more than 30 trails in 800 acres. The t4rails reach a summit of 7,600 feet. You can still enjoy this area in the summer with scenic lift rides for a panoramic view of Missoula and the area. Bicycle trails abound during the summer season.
Missoula Symphony Assn.
131 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802-4431
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