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Situated in a broad valley with three riversthe Clark Fork, the Blackfoot, and the Bitterrootis Missoula, the second largest city in Montana. The city is the hub of commercial, governmental, educational, recreational, cultural, and health resources in the western Montana region. Missoula was originally founded in 1860 as Hellgate Village, four miles west of present-day Missoula on the current Mullan Road. The original founders moved to the present site, what is now downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River, built a mill (1864–1865), and called the site Missoula Mills. This mill, along with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883, the establishment of the state university in 1893, and the growth of the timber industry, enabled the town to grow on both sides of the Clark Fork River. Through photographs, Images of America: Missoula follows the growth of Missoula into the city it is today, with a population of over 60,000.
About the Author
Stan B. Cohen has been an author and publisher in Missoula for 36 years and has helped found two historical museums in town. He serves on several other historical boards and organizations. The images in the book are from his personal collection, archives in Missoula and Helena, and many private collections and individuals.
Table of Contents
1 Early-1900s Views 9
2 Buildings, Schools, Churches, Hospitals, and Homes 21
3 Fire and Flood 43
4 In the Air and on the Rails 49
5 Parades, Fairs, and Exhibits 61
6 Business and Industry 71
7 The University of Montana 93
8 Missoula in Black and White 101
9 People, Places, and Things 109