With our bellies full of beer from the brewfest we decided to walk off some calories by doing a self-guided walking tour around downtown Missoula. It was mostly an attempt to spend more time in Missoula as it is one of my favorite towns. At the brew festival a local lady was telling me all the great things about Missoula and why I too should love Missoula as much as she does. No reason to sell Missoula to me – my love grows deeper each time I visit.
The walking tour consisted of a 5 X 4 block radius. Honestly it should have been easy – we had the map in hand, the buildings were marked but even with Jen’s excellent sense of direction we found a few times we had wandered off course. Jen briefly stopped at one point and referenced Joey from Friends “I’m gonna have to go into the map”
We walked up Higgins Street and turned right onto Broadway where we found the US Post Office and Federal Building. Originally built in 1911 to 1913 with additions added in 1929 and 1937.
Our next stop was the Norther Pacific Railroad Depot, built in 1901.
Up next was the Missoula County Court House. This is where we got a little lost and either we were reading the map wrong or the map was wrong, but it appeared the court house was not located where the building was standing. Regardless we did find the court house which was built in 1910.
And what walking tour of a historic downtown would not be complete without a few brothels to throw into the mix? Mary Gleim owned and operated 8 buildings in the red light district of downtown Missoula. Gleim II and the Gleim Building were both stops on our walking tour. These buildings were built in the 1890’s to 1914.
If you would like to take a walking tour of downtown Missoula you can use this link to find the map and list/descriptions of the buildings. It was a pretty easy walk, all along sidewalks. Boomer came along for the walk, which for the most part, he pulled me down the street as he could barely contain his excitement to see the next building… or perhaps he saw all the opportunities to get pets from the people as they passed by. Boomer has yet to met a human he didn’t like.