Welcome To Old Missoula History
I have created this Web site for several reasons. First, I will try to explore parts of Missoula history that are often overlooked. I will take a look at events, places and people in more depth than you might ordinarily find in your travels, and I will include some of these that did not evoke any public notoriety at all. I plan to examine subjects that I want to investigate personally, and I will offer what I learn on this Web site.
From time to time I will try to find something unique to Missoula, or Montana, and use it in the space below.
University of Montana
Mary Brennan Clapp, a teacher, began writing a history of the University of Montana in the spring of 1947. Although she submitted an unedited version of it almost ten years later, it was not published. Only recently was the document made available on the internet by University of Montana Mansfield Library. A talented writer, Mary documented the University’s origins and its path to survival. Because of many people like her it still survives.
Statement from Chapter 1 – Narrative of Montana State University 1893 – 1935
In 1893, when the University of Montana, as it was then called, was located at Missoula, of course it had no alumni. Its present site, the central expanse of it donated for buildings, was but part of a nearly bare plain reaching from trees that bordered the Missoula river, flowing northwest, to the base of Mt. Sentinel. Only a few bushes and boulders rippled the contour. Through the work of many men and women, not only students and faculty and interested townspeople, but of laborers, caretakers, legislatures, boards, and forward-looking voters of Montana, this University has come to be what it is. It began in a financially uncertain time; it has survived wars, depressions, droughts and floods.
Mary Brennan Clapp also began her Narrative with the following dedication:
To the Treasure State, whose greatest treasure is its young people, for whom the University was chartered.
Below is a link to the Clapp document: