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"Fort Missoula" - Missoula, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 46° 50.621 W 114° 03.767
11T E 723947 N 5191982
Quick Description: Established in 1877 as the only permanent military post west of the Continental Divide, Fort Missoula had a long career, outlasting all other Montana forts. Active through two world wars, it was finally decommissioned in 1948, after 71 years.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 12:27:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMKQVX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
Views: 8

Long Description:
Fort Missoula, established in 1877 to provide military control over western Montana’s Indian tribes and protect local settlers, was the only permanent military post west of the Continental Divide. There was little conflict, but the fort’s non-combative service was long and diverse. From 1888 to 1898, the black 25th Infantry Regiment was stationed at the fort. Twenty of the men explored potential military applications of the bicycle, riding 1,900 miles from Missoula to St. Louis in forty days.

During the Spanish-American conflict in 1898, volunteers known as Grigsby’s Cowboys were garrisoned at the fort. Citizens protesting its closure in 1904 prompted U.S. Senator Joseph Dixon of Missoula to successfully lobby for the fort’s reconstruction. Eighteen Mission style buildings from this period (1904 to 1912) form the core of the present complex.

The fort served as a technical training center during World War I, and between 1933 and 1941, it became the nation’s largest regional headquarters for the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, it was the nation’s largest civilian detention camp interning Japanese Americans, Italian nationals taken from merchant and luxury ships in New York’s harbor, and World’s Fair employees. Italian internees affectionately dubbed the fort “Bella Vista.”

After World War II, the fort served as a medium security army prison. Closed in 1948, the fort had a military service that long outlasted other early Montana forts. The army began to sell and lease portions of the property, but adaptability and strong community involvement has assured the buildings at Fort Missoula an active future. Most of the district’s buildings are now administered by the Northern Rockies Heritage Center.
From the NRHP Plaque

The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1877

Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": U.S.A.

Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: Yes it was

What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: For encampment of an army

Current condition: Various buildings are in good restored or original condition

This site is administered by ----: Northern Rockies Heritage Center

If admission is charged -: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Open to the public?: Open or unrestricted access.

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