20 Interesting Facts About Missoula

Facts About Missoula

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Facts About Missoula

  1. The city takes its name from the Sakish word “Nemissoolatakoo.”
  2. Missoula’s economy centres on lumber and paper milling, dairying, agricultural marketing, tourism, and educational facilities.
  3. Jeannette Rankin is from Missoula, she became the first woman in Congress in 1916.
  4. The city is at an elevation of 3,209 feet above sea level.
  5. Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers: the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Clark Fork Rivers.
  6. the city had a total area of 29.08 square miles, of which 28.90 square miles were land and 0.184 square miles were covered by water.
  7. The Sakish Tribe were the original inhabitants.
  8. The city has over 400 acres of parkland, 22 miles of trails, and nearly 5,000 acres of conserved open space.
  9. The Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode, near Missoula, was home to what prospectors said was the biggest rock ever found.
  10. Missoula is twinned with the following sister cities Neckargemünd, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and Palmerston North, New Zealand.
  11. The city is divided into 18 neighbourhood councils, of which all Missoula residents are members.
  12. The Missoula area began seeing settlement by people of European descent in 1858 including William T. Hamilton, Captain Richard Grant, and David Pattee.
  13. Missoula was founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post while still part of Washington Territory.
  14. Missoula is the second-largest city and metropolitan area in Montana.
  15. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.
  16. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing, which was made famous by A River Runs Through It
  17. The estimated population of Missoula is 73,489, and the estimated population of the Missoula Metropolitan area at 117,922, as of 2020.
  18. The median income for a household is $56,247.
  19. Hellgate Village was a success, followed by a flour mill and a sawmill, which the new settlers dubbed Missoula Mills. Mills was eventually dropped, leaving the town with the name Missoula.
  20. The municipality is also known as the “Garden City” due to the vast number of trees and the lush green environment and part of the Fly Fishing Golden Triangle.
Facts About Missoula
Facts About Missoula
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