Historic Underground Missoula

Historic Underground Missoula

by Nikki Manning


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Historic Underground Missoula by Nikki Manning

Much of Missoula's history lies beneath the surface. As in many Old West cities, cavernous underground tunnel systems purportedly hid countless nefarious activities, from clandestine prostitution and Chinese opium dens to booze running during Prohibition. These sordid tales captivate today's residents and beg questions about the city's furtive past. Did local elite gentlemen mask their carnal habits there? Did John Wayne really use the passageways to run personal errands unnoticed? Author and urban archaeologist Nikki Manning ventures below to reconcile oral history with archaeological data in a fascinating exploration of Missoula's subterranean labyrinths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626199194
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,216,534
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nikki Manning earned a master's degree in anthropology with a concentration in cultural heritage and urban archaeology at the University of Montana, where her thesis research focused on the Missoula Historic Underground and exploring how the political and social climate of early Missoula may have affected the use of space and the built environment. Nikki serves on the board of Preserve Historic Missoula and volunteers often with Missoula Historic Preservation Commission events.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Kelly J. Dixon 7

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 17

1 Urban Undergrounds and the Missoula Historic Underground Project 27

2 What Lies Beneath Missoula 42

Hammond Arcade 43

The Top Hat 50

MacKenzie River Pizza Company 56

Montgomery Distillery 63

Piece of Mind 67

The LaFlesch Building 75

Riverside Café 79

Missoula Mercantile and Garden City Drug 86

3 The "Chinese Underground": Chinese Immigrants in the American West 101

The Chinese in Missoula 106

The "Chinese Tunnels" 110

4 Basements, Brothels and…Opium Dens? 113

5 Urban Archaeology and Future Directions 119

Afterword 125

Notes 127

Bibliography 133

Index 141

About the Author 143

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