Historic Preservation Awards:

Public outreach and education are core values of the Historic Preservation Program here in Missoula. The Historic Preservation Commission annually recognizes individuals and groups who have restored or contributed to the preservation of historic properties with a public awards event. This year’s event will be held May 4, 2017, at 7 P.M. at the Roxy Theater. 2017 award recipients are noted below:

2017 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

St. Patrick House - addition to structure at 501 W Alder
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (documentary) An Alien Place:  The Fort Missoula Detention Camp, 1941-1944
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (exhibit) The Place We Live 
Missoula City Cemetery - (historical tour) Stories & Stones 
Missoula County Paxson Paintings at the County Courthouse


Tours of historic neighborhoods are led by Commission members during Historic Preservation month. This year’s tours include:

Monday May 1st, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Preserve Historic Missoula Sponsored Pub Crawl

The event starts at the Dram Shop on Front Street, moves on to the Montana Distillery on Woody Street and ends up at Draught Works Brewery on Toole Street. There will be talks about the businesses and how they adapted their facilities to the historic buildings.

Saturday May 6th   1:00 to 3:00 PM
Bicycle Tour of the University Trolley Line

Meet at the Northern Pacific Depot at the North end of Higgins. The tour will include the Downtown, the University Neighborhood, the University of Montana Campus and end up at the original Country Club site. Jim McDonald and others will lead the tour.

Saturday May 13th   1:00 to 3:00 PM
Lower Rattlesnake Historic District Walking Tour

Meet at the entrance to Greenough Park on Duncan Drive. The tour will include the Park, the original Greenough Mansion Site and talk about the history and styles of homes in the historic neighborhood.  Philip Maechling and others will lead the tour.

Saturday May 20th   1:00 to 3:00 PM
Hiking Tour - Waterworks Hill and Moon Randolph Homestead

Meet at the Waterworks Hill trailhead on Duncan Drive. The tour will include a history of Missoula’s early development as seen from the hill along with changes that have occurred over the years. The tour will conclude with the Moon Randolph Homestead. Jim McDonald and Philip Maechling will lead the tour.

Saturday May 27th   1:00 to 4:00 PM
Bus Tour of the Bonner to Fort Missoula Trolley Line

Meet at the parking area to the north of the corner of Spruce and Madison Streets between the railroad tracks and Interstate 90.  This tour will talk about the homes and commercial buildings along the Trolley Line after it entered Missoula at Rattlesnake Creek, proceed along Pine Street to Higgins and through the Southside and Westside Historic Districts.  The tour will stop at the original Trolley Barns at 14th and Catlin, and continue to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula to view the restored Trolley Car that ran from Bonner to Fort Missoula.  Jim McDonald, Cathy Bickenheuser, and Museum staff will lead the tour.  This tour will be limited to 35-40 people for the bus, please RSVP by emailing