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May is Historic Preservation Month

Bike Walk Bus Week 2012 has been coordinated with Historic Preservation Month.  Put on your walking shoes or grab your bike for TOURS OF MISSOULA:

·         Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.: Railroad Street Workshop and Tour - Meet at the corner of  Railroad and Woody, at the Silver Dollar Bar parking lot. Sponsored by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (406) 258-4706. 

·    Sunday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m.: A. J. Gibson’s Southside - Meet Rafael Chacon  Meet at   Evelyn Borg Park, 3rd and Myrtle (Bernice’s) for a BICYCLE TOUR of historic architecture. Bring your bicycle (or run along with the tour).  Sponsored by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (406) 258-4706 or (406)243-2735. 

·    Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.:  Join your neighbors for the 10th Annual Promenade through the historic University Area. Meet at Bonner Park, corner of Evans and Hilda, for an evening of history, architecture, and SIDEWALK SCRUTINY. Sponsored by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (406)258-4706. 

·    Tuesday, May 1st, at 6:15 p.m.: Come explore the Southside and McCormick Historic Districts. Meet at Evelyn Borg Park, 3rd and Myrtle (Bernice’s) Sponsored by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (258-4706). 

·    Wednesday May 2nd at 12 noon:  Historic walking tour of Missoula’s “red light district” and Chinatown, a century and more ago. 

·    Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m.: Diane Sands, Museum Development Director, will lead a tour of the Alien Detention Camp and the Post headquarters restored Courtroom at Fort Missoula and the historic greater Fort Missoula area.  Sponsored by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (728-3476) 

·    Wednesday, May 2nd, 6 – 8 p.m.: Historic walking tour of Milltown. Meet at Black Pedestrian Bridge across from Town Pump off I-90 Exit 109 on Hwy 200. Sponsored by Bonner Area History Roundtable. 258-6335

·    Thursday May 3rd, 12 Noon: Tree Walk at the State of Montana Arboretum, UM Campus  Take a walking tour of the UM Campus and learn about the trees in the State Arboretum.  Meet at Main Hall  Sponsored by Trees for Missoula 258-4706    

·    Thursday 5 pm: River Ecology  Hike: Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, off the bike trail just west of the Orange Street tunnel. Join a Naturalist, to look for spring migrants and freshly arrived summer residents along the Clark Fork River Trail.  327-0405 

·    Thursday May 3rd, 6:30 pm:  Stories and Stones, Missoula Cemetery.  Take a walking tour of this historic cemetery and meet some of the individuals that helped shape Missoula as re-enactors bring some of our “stones” to life before your eyes.  552-6070 or 258-4706  

·    Friday May 4th, 12 noon: Downtown Walk – meet at the FISH In Caras Park, at the North end of the Higgins Avenue Bridge for an architectural treasure hunt and a look at some prominent Downtown buildings. Sponsored by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (406)258-4706. 

·    Saturday, May 5 Milltown Bluff tour, 3:15 – 5:15: Catch the Mountain Line Route 4 bus at the Transfer Station at 2:45 p.m. for the ride to historic Bonner. Or bike or walk to Bonner School by 3:15 where 10,000 Waves will transport the group to the Milltown bluff overlook for a panoramic view of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork River valleys. Discover the many stories of the confluence. At 5:15 ride the Mountain Line back to Missoula. 258-6335 

·    Saturday May 5th, Missoula’s Historic Northside Railroad District, 1 pm - 3:30 pm,  Meet Bob Oaks at the Brunswick Building, Woody and Railroad, 829-0873. 

·    Saturday, May 5th, Moon Randolph Homestead:  Hike in or Bike in (or Ride in) to the Moon Randolph Homestead for a tour and some work at the homestead in the North Hills.  The event is from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and will include touring the Homestead.  (Donations accepted).  Sponsored by the NMCDC, HPO and the Hill and Homestead Coalition.  Coal Mine Road, right on Spurlock Road follow signs to the Homestead.  241 2946 or 829-0873


For more information please contact Missoula’s Historic Preservation Officer, Philip Maechling, at 258-4706


Text Box: Sponsors for the tour events: 
Bonner Area History Roundtable 
Missoula Bicycle-Pedestrian Office 
Missoula Historic Preservation Commission
Missoula Cultural Council
Montana Natural History Center
Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition
North Missoula Community Development Corporation
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula 
Missoula Parks and Recreation


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