5225 W Broadway, Ste. 21
The Garden City
The enchanting city of Missoula was founded in 1860. At that time it was known as the Hellgate Trading Post in what was then the Washington Territory. Located along the banks of the Clark Fork River where five mountain ranges come together, Missoula is now known as both the ‘Garden City’ and the ‘Hub of the Five Valleys.’ It has a population nearing 70,000 residents with a county population of over 110,000. As the home of University of Montana, this large population is also diverse, giving Missoula an atmosphere unique in contrast to other cities in Montana.
Due to its population size and the University, Missoula is hub for education, commerce and the arts and many residents from smaller towns in the area travel to Missoula to take in a football or baseball game, see a music concert from a national act, catch a world class play at one of its many theaters and stroll through the art galleries on First Friday – a monthly showcase that highlights local artists. Missoula also has two of the largest medical facilities in Western Montana, which employs many people.
Other attractions within Missoula include, ‘A Carousel for Missoula and Dragon Hollow – a handcrafted Carousel built in large part by the community attached to a giant playground. There is the Art Museum of Missoula, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Visitor Center and the Smokejumper Visitor Center, depending on your tastes. The downtown area is also a delight for those who love historic buildings and stories of days past.
During the year there are many events that draw crowds not only from Montana, but from all over the world. Some of these events include the International Choral Festival, Out to Lunch, The International Wildlife Film Festival, the Local Farmers Market, Germanfest, the Irish Cultural Celebration, Craft Fairs and more.
Outside of Missoula you will find nearly unlimited access to public lands, trail heads and rivers. Within minutes of Missoula you can find yourself hiking up the side of a mountain or tucked into pristine wilderness. The meandering Clark Fork River offers countless opportunties for fishing and floating alike.
If you're looking for a place in or around Missoula, stop by the Clearwater Montana Properties office in Missoula and our agents will use their vast knowledge of the area to help you find the property of your dreams.