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Missoula County, Montana

59801, 59802, 59803

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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Montana state capital is Helena.
The population of Missoula is approximately 78,687 (1997), 66788 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 18,488 (1990), 29081 (2010).
The amount of land area in Missoula is 43.071 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.15 sq kilometers.
The distance from Missoula to Washington DC is 2030 miles.
The distance to the Montana state capital is 99 miles. (as the crow flies)
Missoula is positioned 46.86 degrees north of the equator and 114.00 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Missoula elevation is 3,223 feet above sea level.


in western Montana at the mouth of Hell Gate Canyon.
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History & History Related Items

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
Phone: 406-728-0447
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
Phone: 406-728-3476
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
Phone: 406-523-4545
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
W. Broadway
Missoula, MT
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
Phone: 406-549-9777
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
Phone: 406-721-3194
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Missoula City Government

County Clerk
200 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802-4216
Phone: 406-523-4752

Missoula County General Info
200 W Broadway St
Missoula, MT 59802-4216
Phone: 406-523-2700

Missoula Chamber

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 7577
Missoula, MT 59807-7577
Phone: (406) 543-6623
Fax: (406) 543-6625
Toll-free: 800-526-3465

Missoula Organizations

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 7577
Missoula, MT 59807-7577
Phone: (406) 543-6623
Fax: (406) 543-6625
Toll-free: 800-526-3465

Missoula Libraries

Missoula Public Library
301 E. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802-4735
Phone: 406-721-2665

Maureen & Mike Mansfield Library
University Of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-243-6860

University Of Mt Law Library
S 6th St E At Maurice Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-243-6171

Missoula Schools

Missoula County Public Schools
215 S. 6th St. W.
Missoula, MT 59801-4028
Phone: 406-728-2400


University of Montana
109 University Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801-4223
Phone: 406-243-0211

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