Montana Mainstreets, Volume 6
A Guide to Historic Missoula

by Allan James Mathews

foreword by Mark F. Baumler, State of Montana Historic Preservation Officer

published by Montana Historical Society Press

  • 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.

184 pages, 6 x 9 , 7 b/w photos, 12 illustrations, 13 map(s), index, appendix, 34 softcovers per case, Paperback

ISBN 10: 0917298896
ISBN 13: 9780917298899


    This exciting guidebook series focuses on the history and architecture of Montana towns. Based on State Historic Preservation office records, Montana Mainstreets guides provide windows to the past by pointing readers to the buildings, historic sites, and parks that act as monuments to Montana's history. Detailed Maps, historic photographs, and lively prose help these guides bring Montana's history and architecture alive.





Montana Mainstreets, Volume 6
A Guide to Historic Missoula

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Allan James Mathews served for many years as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City and County of Missoula. In 2001 he was named ""Preservationist of the Decade."" He currently runs a historical consulting business.

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