This collection includes three interviews detailing the early history of Missoula, Montana. The interviews were conducted circa 1963 by Stan Healy. The interviewees discuss growing up in Missoula during the late 19th and early 20th century, what the downtown looked like and some of the prominent business people and other figures who helped found the town. They also talk about the flood of 1908, a description of early downtown Missoula, Missoula Chinatown, Missoula General Hospital, and the railroad roundhouse. Healy also gives a brief recitation about a train robbery that took place in 1905 near Missoula. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 114 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Claude Elder describes the construction of the 1892 Higgins Avenue bridge in Missoula, Montana. He recalls the flood of 1908, which delayed the construction of a newer bridge. He talks about Higgins Avenue before it was paved and describes many of the buildings and businesses ... Read More
Edward “Stan” Healy recites the history of a well-known train robbery that occurred at Bearmouth near Missoula, Montana on May 27, 1905. He describes the rescue party that came from Missoula to stop the robber, Clarence B. Young, and another rescue party that came from ... Read More
Fred Lehr talks about the hanging of man named Burns, who shot John Higgins in Missoula, Montana, about 1892. Lehr describes a number of old buildings that existed in Missoula during the late 1800s and early 1900s, such as the Missoula Mercantile and the Western ... Read More