April 22, 2021
FOURTH SEASON OF THE UNSEEN MISSOULA GUIDED WALKING TOURS HAS BEGUN
Historical Guided Walking Tours Running Weekly from May Until October
As the Downtown environment changes with new growth and development, it is critical to highlight and remember Missoula’s heritage. With a focus on providing safe, educational, and entertaining heritage opportunities in Downtown Missoula, Unseen Missoula Historical Guided Walking Tours are ready to roll for a fourth consecutive season!
Sponsored by A&E Design and First Interstate Bank, Unseen Missoula is currently comprised of two main tours: Basements & Back Alleys and Hotels & Hooligans.
Basements & Back Alleys takes a holistic look at downtown life during Missoula’s transition from a marginal frontier town to a major local economic and cultural center from 1880 to 1920. The Basements & Back Alleys tour is offered weekly on Thursdays at 4:30pm and Saturdays at 1pm.
The Hotels & Hooligans tour looks at how the average Missoulian (whether long-time or just passing through) lived and recreated during the city’s railroad boom. Scandals from the Courthouse to the seedy underbelly of Missoula’s railroad hotel district is revealed! Tours are offered weekly on Tuesdays at 4:30pm.
Additionally, Pedal Through the Past is a new special offering for bicyclists and history enthusiasts. This tour looks at the continuing impact of place, geography, and the environment on Missoula, from Glacial Lake Missoula to the age of tourism. The first Pedal Through the Past tour of the season will be offered Wednesday, May 19 as a part of Historic Preservation Month and Bike Month in May.
Unseen Missoula promotes the heritage and uniqueness of Downtown Missoula, and engages Missoulians, visitors, civic groups, downtown businesses, and property owners in fostering cultural identity and promoting heritage tourism.
“Even if you think you know Missoula, I bet you’d be surprised to know the stories that are literally lurking around each corner”, said Kristjana Eyjolfsson, the Director of Education at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and an Unseen Missoula tour guide. “The Unseen Missoula tours are a great opportunity to slow down and notice the places and stories that have shaped the Missoula that we know today.”
Continuing on from last season, the Missoula Downtown Association will have COVID-19 precautions in-place to ensure this season is a safe experience for the tour guides, property owners and, of course, the attendees.
Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online at www.missouladowntown.com/tours/unseen-missoula. For more information, contact Program Director Kalina Wickham via email at [email protected] or via phone at (406) 543-4238.