Fort Missoula

Local nameFort Missoula
LocationMissoula, Montana, United States

Fort Missoula was established by the United States Army in 1877 on land that is now part of the city of Missoula, Montana, to protect settlers in Western Montana from possible threats from the Native American Indians, such as the Nez Perce.Beginning in 1888, the fort was home to the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment. While stationed at Fort Missoula, this unit tested the practicality of soldiers traveling by bicycles by conducting numerous training rides, with one ride all the way to St. Louis, Missouri. The Trans-America Bicycle Trail established in 1976 goes through Missoula, and covers some of the routes pedaled by the 25th Regiment.

During World War II, Fort Missoula housed a prison camp for Italian POWs, who called the area Bella Vista, and Japanese Americans arrested as "enemy aliens" after Pearl Harbor.

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More information and contact


Official Website

Phone +1 406 728 3476

Address T350 B Rd, Missoula 59804, United States

Coordinates 46°50'36.476" N -114°3'46.587" E

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