We had a quiet morning in the KOA, doing laundry, walking, and blogging.
We found this interesting building nearby which has taken the concept of a “green roof” to a new level:
At about noon we drove back to downtown Missoula; it is quite a bit larger than downtown Bozeman.
Missoula is a great little city; population is about 72,000; it is home to University of Montana. It was founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post. In 1866 the settlement moved east, and was renamed Missoula Mills, later shortened to Missoula. The mills provided supplies to western settlers traveling along the Mullan Road. The establishment of Fort Missoula in 1877 to protect settlers further stabilized the economy. The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1883 brought rapid growth and the maturation of the local lumber industry. In 1893, the Montana Legislature chose the city as the site for the state’s first university. Along with the U.S. Forest Service headquarters founded in 1908, lumber and the university remained staples of the local economy for the next hundred years.
We walked the streets and enjoyed the ambiance of an active city:
We found this great building. We think it would be great fun to live in a “penthouse” apartment like this:
By about 1:30 we were ready for lunch. While we reviewed our lunch options we stopped into James Bar for a pre-lunch cocktail:
We decided to have lunch at the Iron Horse Brewery, not because we drink much beer, but because breweries usually have good food. We were not disappointed:
We had a lovely lunch, walked around a bit more, then headed back to the Villa. We relaxed and eventually Happy Hours ensued. An enjoyable time was had by all…