Grant Higgins Interview, circa 1972


Grant Higgins


Lenora Koebel



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Grant Higgins, grandson of Missoula founder and businessman Christopher Higgins, discusses the Higgins family legacy in Missoula, Montana and their original homestead. He talks about growing up in Missoula and recalls the town’s night life and social activities during the early 20th century such as horse racing and gambling. Higgins talks about the small pox epidemic, the lack of knowledge about the spread of germs, and Missoula’s poor farm. He also describes the different immigrant and native communities in and around Missoula including Chinese-Americans and members of the Flathead and Blackfoot tribes. Higgins offers his opinions of Missoula public figures such as Judge Woody and Jeannette Rankin. He mentions the location of the Chinese cemetery and describes the former settlement of DeSmet. Higgins talks about the Missoula red light districts and local madams including Mrs. Line. He also discusses how Missoula acquired the nickname “The Garden City”.


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Document Type

Oral History


Missoula, Montana, History; Higgins family, Missoula, Montana; Christopher P. Higgins; Francis G. (Frank) Higgins; Chinese immigration, United States; Chinese immigration, Montana; Blackfoot tribe; Flathead tribe; Gambling, Montana; Horse racing, Montana; Smallpox epidemic, Montana; Frank H. Woody; Jeannette Rankin; DeSmet, Montana; Red light districts; Prostitution, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lenora Koelbel Missoula History Oral History Project, OH 027, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 027-009, 010, 011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

3 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (35 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:24:56 minutes

Local Filename

OH_027_009_010_011.mp3; OH_027_009_010_011.pdf

Grant Higgins Interview, circa 1972