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Nov. 17, 1859

Nov. 17, 1859

“We are still well and in excellent spirits. Are wintering about four miles above the mouth of Cherry Creek,” prospector Joseph Baker wrote home to Kansas from his first Montana in the West. Gold had been found near today’s Denver, Colorado, and a townsite named Montana City was platted. The…

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Nov. 16, 1885

Nov. 16, 1885

Louis Riel died without a struggle on a scaffold near Regina, Saskatchewan. A Metis and champion of French Canada, Riel led two rebellions against the Canadian government and was executed for treason against the queen of England. He had traded in the Fort Benton area and in later years taugh…

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MRL crews are working to clear wreckage

MRL crews are working to clear wreckage

MRL crews are working to clear wreckage from Thursday night’s train crash east of Missoula.

November 14, 2014 10:01 am
Write-in bid for sheriff foiled by missing first name

Write-in bid for sheriff foiled by missing first name

DEER LODGE -- A write-in candidate for sheriff of Powell County lost by 90 votes Tuesday after election judges rejected 238 write-in votes.

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Missoula roots planted in year of turbulence, milestones

Missoula roots planted in year of turbulence, milestones

MISSOULA — Nobody really knows how and when Missoula was “born.”

November 09, 2014 9:49 am Photos

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Snowbowl's steeps have challenged skiers for 60 years

Snowbowl's steeps have challenged skiers for 60 years

You can’t see forever from the top of Montana Snowbowl ski area, but it’s sure worth looking.

November 07, 2014 12:15 pm
Iconic Missoula architect left his signature stamp on sidewalk

Iconic Missoula architect left his signature stamp on sidewalk

It’s maybe Missoula’s most obscure icon, but the faded 101-year-old stamp on the sidewalk in front of the former home of A.J. Gibson stands for something grander.

November 07, 2014 12:09 pm
UM's Dornblaser Field named for WWI hero who died on French battlefield

UM's Dornblaser Field named for WWI hero who died on French battlefield

University of Montana teams have played football on five home fields over the years. Two were named after Paul Logan Dornblaser, a former three-sport star, student body president and World War I hero who died on a battlefield in France in 1918, weeks before Armistice Day.

November 07, 2014 12:04 pm
Chinese Wall, Bob Marshall Wilderness

Chinese Wall, Bob Marshall Wilderness

November 06, 2014 6:44 pm
Northern Pacific logo

Northern Pacific logo

November 06, 2014 6:31 pm
Edgar S. Paxson

Edgar S. Paxson

November 06, 2014 6:25 pm
Gift made Greenough city's first park

Gift made Greenough city's first park

Missoula’s first city park was a gift with a provision.

November 06, 2014 4:56 pm
Human error ruled out in derailment that spilled fuselages

Human error ruled out in derailment that spilled fuselages

MISSOULA — Montana Rail Link has ruled out human error as the cause of a July 3 train derailment that destroyed six Seattle area-bound Boeing 737 fuselages along the Clark Fork River in Mineral County.

November 06, 2014 12:12 pm Video Photos

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Grandmother upset with handling of injured Cold Springs student

Grandmother upset with handling of injured Cold Springs student

MISSOULA — A Cold Springs Elementary School student who was taken by air ambulance to a Spokane hospital Friday after suffering a head injury on the playground was at home Monday, but not back in school.

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Nov. 3, 1889

Nov. 3, 1889

"I will go – I and my children." His people impoverished and near starvation, Chief Charlo told government agent Henry C. Carrington he would move 32 families from their traditional Salish homeland in the Bitterroot Valley to the Jocko reservation. Bureaucratic red tape delayed the move until 1891.

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Tesla Motors opens Supercharger station in Missoula

Tesla Motors opens Supercharger station in Missoula

Pamela Hill pulled her boss’s electric Tesla sedan up to a futuristic-looking "pump" in the parking lot of the Grant Creek Inn at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Less than 50 minutes later, she “unplugged” the car from Missoula's first Tesla Motors Supercharger and was back on the road to Bozeman.

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Missoula airport on alert for Ebola virus; safety sheet a national model

Missoula airport on alert for Ebola virus; safety sheet a national model

MISSOULA — That sneezer in the seat next to you as you fly into Missoula?

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Thousands of Montana teachers gather for 2-day MEA-MFT conference

Thousands of Montana teachers gather for 2-day MEA-MFT conference

MISSOULA — Making sense of a gyroscope’s gyrations. Training your robot. Understanding workplace bullying. Using iPads to teach a third-grade reading class.

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Grant Creek retains rural nature

Grant Creek retains rural nature

It can be argued that Grant Creek is Missoula’s most historic stream.

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Loss of cell service leaves some in Potomac with no way to call out

Loss of cell service leaves some in Potomac with no way to call out

POTOMAC — This valley doesn’t have cellphone service any more. The tower that stands against the pines on the southern fringe was switched off last Thursday, Oct. 1, one of the victims of the long-planned Sprint takeover of Cellular One.

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Missoula man arrested for hundreds of thefts; police seek rightful owners

MISSOULA — A Missoula man targeted since April in a string of thefts that may have numbered in the hundreds is in jail.

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Mistrial declared in bear spray attack on Missoula woman, dog

MISSOULIA — A daylong trial for a retired Big Sky High School biology teacher charged with using bear spray on a woman and her dog in Pattee Canyon last fall ended abruptly Thursday in a mistrial.

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Man dies after apparent fall from building in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — A 35-year-old Missoula man died Thursday night after he plunged from the roof of the five-story Palace Apartments in downtown Missoula.

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Abandoned Milwaukee railroad trail can be followed throughout town

Abandoned Milwaukee railroad trail can be followed throughout town

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad – a.k.a, the Milwaukee Road – was the second transcontinental rail line through Missoula and the first to go. Plenty of longtime Missoulians recall the route that trains like the Hiawatha and locomotives such as the Little Joe followed th…

September 18, 2014 4:07 pm
Streetcar No. 50 an emblem of an era

Streetcar No. 50 an emblem of an era

It’s hard to imagine a more energized time in Missoula’s 150 years than the electric streetcar era.

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Mount Sentinel has guardlike profile over city

Mount Sentinel has guardlike profile over city

It’s our “M” mountain – and a lot more.

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C.P. Higgins Bank building predates Montana state

C.P. Higgins Bank building predates Montana state

The dome’s the thing.

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Fort Missoula water tower punctuates southwest Missoula skyline

Fort Missoula water tower punctuates southwest Missoula skyline

From outer space or from up the Bitterroot, Missoula is all but hidden by its trees.

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Evidence of internment remains at T-1 Building

Evidence of internment remains at T-1 Building

Fort Missoula is the largest intact World War II internment site in the United States.

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DC-3 holds Mann Gulch history, tragedy

DC-3 holds Mann Gulch history, tragedy

Her eyes have seen the tragedy of Montana’s worst firefighting disaster.

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Pattee Canyon a haven for recreation

Pattee Canyon a haven for recreation

Another cool thing about Missoula: Within minutes, you can get lost in the mountains.

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Missoula County auctions off 5 mobile homes; buyers needed inexpensive digs

MISSOULA — Five mobile homes with longstanding tax debts were sold by Missoula County at auction Wednesday morning for $3,075.

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Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

MISSOULA — Most of the mobile homes due to go on the Missoula County auction block Wednesday morning for delinquent taxes were bailed out Tuesday.

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Florence Building 'radically altered' downtown appearance

Florence Building 'radically altered' downtown appearance

John Wayne slept here.

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The Merc: Stories of hauntings and refuge from the Nez Perce

The Merc: Stories of hauntings and refuge from the Nez Perce

So much history echoes through the empty halls of the former Missoula Mercantile Co. building that one book couldn’t capture it all.

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Railroad Street bricks a 'rough' reminder of Missoula's history

Railroad Street bricks a 'rough' reminder of Missoula's history

Those aren’t ghosts but 21st century cars that go bump in the night (and day) on Railroad Street for two blocks between Ryman and Orange streets.

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Mount Jumbo 'L' a sign of high school's spirit

Mount Jumbo 'L' a sign of high school's spirit

It’s not just the “M” on Mount Sentinel, of course. Missoula’s eastern flank also features that giant “L” high on the “left” mountain – bare-sloped Mount Jumbo. Locals know it stands for Loyola Sacred Heart, the local Catholic high school. Visitors might have to Google it.

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Millstone a remnant of city's earliest business

Millstone a remnant of city's earliest business

It may be Missoula’s loneliest icon.

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Commercial Building is 'heart and soul' of Missoula's fairgrounds

Commercial Building is 'heart and soul' of Missoula's fairgrounds

MISSOULA — The lofty, two-story Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds provides a respite from the August sun, smoke or rain. Generations of fairgoers instantly recognize the smell and feel when they step inside.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
St. Francis Xavier's historic steeple changed the landscape

St. Francis Xavier's historic steeple changed the landscape

MISSOULA — Imagine what the towering St. Francis Xavier Church did to the Missoula landscape when it was completed on West Pine Street in 1892.

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Ch-paa-qn Peak is a big mountain with an elusive name

Ch-paa-qn Peak is a big mountain with an elusive name

Missoulians of a certain age might remember waiting for the movie to start at the Go West Drive-In out past the Wye. The cue: When that mountain peak so clearly defined against the sky to the northwest disappeared in the summer dusk, it was show time.

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Boom Crew ignites Griz fans with ROTC cannon

Boom Crew ignites Griz fans with ROTC cannon

As the story goes, two brothers in the University of Montana ROTC introduced the touchdown cannon to Grizzly football games in the mid-1960s.

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Missoula mobile homes with delinquent taxes on auction block

MISSOULA — This isn’t Annie Cathey’s favorite part of the job.

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Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Lyrics of “The Anacreonic Song,” the official song of the London Anacreontic Society written in the 1770s by Ralph Tomlinson and John Stafford Smith. America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to its tune. (Several versions are available for listening on YouTube.)

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Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

MISSOULA — There’s a little known trail that leads to Canada from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains. It’s the path 290 Nez Perce followed after escaping from the siege area on Snake Creek that pinned down the bulk of the camp, including Chief Joseph, in late September 1877.

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Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

MISSOULA — The man accused of torturing a 36-year-old man under the Reserve Street Bridge in late July before shooting him to death and dumping his body in the Clark Fork River is fighting extradition from Louisiana.

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Suspect pleads not guilty to torture of man found dead in Clark Fork

MISSOULA — One of the suspects implicated in the beating, torture and murder of 36-year-old man found floating in the Clark Fork River in early August pleaded not guilty in Missoula County District Court Thursday morning.

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Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

The 27-year-old Missoula man arrested earlier this week on suspicion of possessing a bomb on Spartan Drive in south Missoula has been released from jail.

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Frenchtown man charged with attempted child prostitution

MISSOULA — A Frenchtown man has been charged with felony attempted child prostitution after he allegedly tried to set up a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl through a detective posing as her mother.

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Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

POLSON — A young girl injured by a wild horse at Wild Horse Island State Park on Sunday was treated and released at a Polson hospital.

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