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Spirit of Place Heritage Tour & Dinner
Downtown Missoula is many things to many people. It is a crossroads and a gathering place. It is the homeland of the Salish people and a haven for artists and students. It is buildings made of local brick alongside marble and granite courthouses. It is a story of displacement, growth, and perseverance. At the root of this place is Downtown Missoula’s heritage. We consider “heritage” to be the collective fabric that defines and distinguishes Missoula. It is the spirit of place. It is how Missoula sounds, looks, smells and feels. It is what makes Missoula, Missoula. Experience the spirit of place first hand through being one of the first to walk the Downtown Missoula Heritage Legacy Trail!
An ambitious public history project in itself, the Missoula Downtown foundation is working on producing an established heritage trail in Downtown Missoula. These heritage trails provide clear direction for audiences to immerse themselves in heritage experiences. Notable examples include the Boston Freedom Trail, Rochester (NY) Heritage Trail, and Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail. Heritage trails differ from published walking tours alone in that they lead audiences with physical guidance such as sidewalk lines, medallions/markers, or both. In Downtown Missoula, we are fabricating sidewalk medallions and currently working on wayfinding kiosks that will have interpretive panels on one side to start guiding the interpretive trail.
This tour will begin in Caras Park and will showcase the Legacy Trail for the first time to the Missoula community. This tour will be approximately 1.5 hours and will culminate at Second Set Bistro, an exciting restaurant in Downtown. This ticket includes the tour and an exclusive fine-dining experience, including salad, main entrée, dessert and an alcohol beverage. Revenues generated from this will be invested in completing the Heritage Missoula Legacy Trail, located in Downtown Missoula.