Unique, cool, hip…serene, welcoming and replete with natural beauty – what are you looking for in your next vacation? Missoula, Montana has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable. Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from your hotel. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by “A River Runs Through It”) and spectacular natural beauty. The opportunities are limitless.
Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, with an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and breweries to fit all budgets and palates. Known for its eclectic culture, visitors will find this arts and cultural hub filled with an endless array of entertainment.
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Missoula County, Montana covers approximately 2,600 square miles in the western part of the state. Five large valleys and two major rivers wind through this mountainous region. Missoula County has a population of over 100,000 people and the county seat is Missoula.
The Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT, 59802, was completed in 1910. Its south foyer is graced by a series of eight murals painted by famed western artist Edgar S. Paxson between 1912 and 1914. An addition to the Courthouse was completed in 1966.
Missoula County is governed by three Commissioners, each elected to staggered six-year terms. The current Commissioners are Jean Curtiss, Bill Carey, and Michele Landquist. All legislative, executive and administrative powers and duties of the local government not specifically reserved by law or ordinance to other elected officials reside in the Commission (MCA-7-3-401).
For more information, visit the Missoula County website
The city of Missoula began as a tenuous settlement known as Hell Gate in 1860, when entrepreneurs
C. P. Higgins and Francis Worden saw trade possibilities and opened a log store in the valley.
The search for gold and the completion of the Mullan Road in 1863 opened up travel from Fort Benton, Montana, to Walla Walla, Washington, and brought people to the Missoula Valley. The settlement became known as Missoula, taken from a Salish Indian word meaning “near the cold, chilling waters.”
The city’s success was aided by four factors. First, the U.S. Army established southwest of the town in 1877. Second, the Northern Pacific Railroad reached Missoula in 1883, the same year the city was incorporated. Missoula became a trading center in
earnest, distributing produce and grain grown in the agriculturally prosperous Bitterroot Valley. Businessmen A. B. Hammond, E. L. Bonner, and R. A. Eddy established the Missoula Mercantile Company in the early 1880s. Third, the University of Montana opened in September 1895. And, finally, in 1908, Missoula became a regional headquarters for the Forest Service, which began training smokejumpers in 1942. The Aerial Fire Depot was built in 1954, and big industry came to Missoula in 1956, with the groundbreaking for the first pulp mill.
Serving as Missoula’s 50th mayor, John Engen, was originally elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. For more information, visit the City of Missoula website
Historical information courtesy of the Fort Missoula Museum.
University of Montana
“Defined by a prestigious faculty, red-bricked architecture & expansive lawns, the century-old school is often referred to as the Harvard of the West” – Ski Magazine
The University of Montana was founded in 1893 in the burgeoning pioneer town of Missoula. More than a century later, UM still nurtures a tradition of cultural and scientific learning.
Located at the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University is a magnet for top-notch students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe. A city within a city, UM has an increasingly diverse population and rich culture.
The main campus spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM’s 180-acre South Campus offers housing, a golf course and soccer, softball and track fields. Missoula College occupies two sites in central and west Missoula.
More than 15,000 students attend UM in Missoula. The University provides a broad range of educational experiences in the trades, liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.
UM is an affiliation of four institutions around the state: the flagship campus in Missoula, The University of Montana Western located in Dillon, Montana Tech of The University of Montana in Butte, and The University of Montana-Helena College of Technology. Each institution has its own unique emphasis, character and learning environment.
The University’s main campus is located approximately six miles from the Missoula International Airport. For more information, visit umt.edu