The Historic Wilma Theatre
Built in 1921 along the bank of the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Montana, the Wilma building has a long and colorful history. Commonly called the "Showplace of Montana," the eight-story building was constructed by William "Billy" Simons, an early western entrepreneur who produced Wild West shows and built theatres in Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska during the Gold Rush.
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Fort Missoula was established as a permanent military post in 1877 and built in response to requests of local townspeople and settlers for protection in the event of conflict with western Montana Indian tribes. It was intended as a major outpost for the region; however, area residents also were quite aware of the payroll, contracts, and employment opportunities Fort Missoula would provide. Fort Missoula never had walls; rather, it was an "open fort," a design common for posts located west of the Mississippi. Open forts required troops to take the offensive and actively patrol the areas to which they were assigned.
The Lolo National Forest
We have two wonderful visitor centers. The Lolo National Forest is located in west central Montana and encompasses two million acres. We have lots of recreation opportunities such as camping, water sports, and hiking.
The Montana Snowbowl
Montana Snowbowl is an alpine ski area located 12 miles northwest of Missoula, Montana. It is known for long expert runs such as West Bowl and its throwback operations; there is no significant base development, its two main lifts are old Riblet double chairs, and its prices are, for the downhill ski industry, quite reasonable; the access road is significantly improved as of 2011 but still unpaved.
Parks & Recreation
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Montana State Parks
Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum