Montana historical sites

Fun at Fort Missoula

We are proud of our Montana heritage, and love sharing the history of our area with guests of our Missoula guest lodge.

If you are interested in the history of Montana in general and the Missoula area in particular, stop by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Established in 1975 to ensure that the history of the area would be preserved, the museum houses an interesting collection of historic artifacts. The story of Fort Missoula is fascinating to uncover. Continue reading

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

We are fortunate that our bed and breakfast in Missoula MT is close to Garnet, which is considered to be one of the best-preserved Montana ghost towns. It is somewhat of a unique place, with a very different history than frontier gold-mining towns such as Virginia City and Bannack (both of which were lawless, somewhat dangerous places in their heyday). Garnet was settled at the end of the 19th century and had a population of 1,000 hard-working men, women and children in 1898. Folks came to Garnet for gold, but found that it took a certain industrious spirit to access that gold. The hard-rock mines required equipment, and in order to have equipment, the men who mined the gold needed to make a serious investment. They intended to stay, and they built a town to house their wives and children. At its peak, the school in Garnet taught more than fifty children.

Today, Garnet is a peaceful place. Families departed when the mineral deposits became too scarce to support them, but they left behind a main street filled with shops, their school, and many homes. To walk among these is to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who settled the west. Garnet Ghost Town is a tribute to this important part of American history – something we feel strongly about, which is why we support the Garnet Ghost Town Preservation Society. We hope you will find time to visit Garnet while you are staying at our Missoula bed and breakfast; it makes a lovely day trip in the fall, when foliage is colorful and the air is crisp and clean.

Montana Family Hikes

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Look for wildflowers during your family hike in Montana

We like having families at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Montana has great activities for children and adults who enjoy being out-of-doors. Hiking is one such activity, as trails can range in difficulty from extremely easy (think children under five and adults of an excellent vintage) to extremely challenging (think uber-hikers). In short, there is a trail for every walk of life, each one rewarding in its own right.

Canyon Creek and Blodgett Canyon provide easy, moderate and challenging hikes, and the trailheads are not too far apart. This is a great option for larger groups who can split up into smaller groups with similar energy levels. Those who feel like a long saunter past spectacularly high granite cliffs will find the seven-mile hike through Blodgett Canyon just perfect. Those in search of a steeper trail should check out the path to Canyon Creek Falls and Wyant Lake. There is said to be good fishing at Canyon and Wyant Lakes, which is an excellent excuse to sit and rest for a spell.

We promise to provide a hearty, tasty breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula. That should get you at least part way up the trail. Huckleberries should be out in August, for nibbling as you walk, but a packed lunch for the top of the trail is definitely in order.

Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through these parts, and retracing their foot steps on the Lewis and Clark Trail is a great activity while you are staying at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Drive US Highway 12 from Missoula to Lewiston, which follows the original trail taken by the expedition. There are many signposts that tell the story of the explorers along the way. You will learn that Colt Killed Creek is so named because it is where members of the expedition were forced to kill a colt in order to survive. Fortunately, you can ask the innkeepers at your blue mountain bed and breakfast for a picnic basket, which you can fill in town.

Lolo Pass, one of the most treacherous mountain crossings in the whole of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is also the site of intersecting Indian Trails. The travelers in 1805 and 1806 were happy to soak in the Lolo Hot Springs, just as you will be today. You may also enjoy wandering through the DeVoto Cedar Grove, where the Lewis and Clark journals were first edited by Bernard DeVoto.

The scenery along the Lewis and Clark Trail is breathtaking at this time of year. We welcome you at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, where we think you will be considerably more comfortable than were those early, brave explorers.

Montana Ghost Towns

Ghost towns exist in every culture, but some of the most interesting ones are right here in Montana, not far from our Missoula lodging. We are fortunate that the Montana Department of Fish and Wildlife took over management of the dying town of Bannack and the surrounding area in the 1950s. Thanks to their foresight, Bannack State Park preserves an important part of the state’s history.

Prospector John White founded the town of Bannack in 1862 after discovering gold in Grasshopper Creek. Folks rushed to the area as news of the gold spread, hoping to secure their own claim. So many people came that Bannack was named the first Territorial Capital of Montana, although it held on to that title for only a year. Although the huge reserves of gold that folks hoped to find continued to elude the prospectors, a hardy few doggedly remained in the area, experimented with various mining techniques, and managed to make a living. In the 1930’s, however, the population began to steadily dwindle. Now a state park, Bannack today is visited by people from all over the country and the world. Over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. Spend a day exploring the old town, and get a taste for what it was like to come to this wild and beautiful place in the 1860s, with dreams of gold in the heart.

Come May, the park is open daily from 8am until dusk, and after Memorial Day the hours are extended until 9pm. The informative Visitor Center is open weekends. The park makes a great day trip from our Missoula Mt bed and breakfast – pack a picnic and have fun.

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