Fort Missoula, Powder Magazine, Fort Missoula, Missoula County, MT
Powder Magazine, Fort Missoula, MT
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS MT-13
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-13).
Building/structure dates: 1878 initial construction
Significance: Fear of the recent Indian uprisings led to the establishment of a military post here, six miles southeast of Hell Gate Pass, to protect the Mullan Road. This all important link between Walla Walla, Washington and Fort Benton, Montana had been established for the defense of the northwest territory. Closely associated with the famous march of Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce Indians in their flight to freedom, this fort has subsequently sheltered three generations of infantry soldiers. Unlike many western military posts, abandoned after the Indian threat subsided in the 1880's, Fort Missoula has had an almost continuous history of use, through four wars and close to 90 years of crises. The Powder Magazine built of native stone with a protective ceiling of solid logs covered by two feet of earth, is still used today to store ammunition. Records indicate that the building was built in 1878 at a cost of $485. Little maintenance has been necessary except for needed shingling of the gable roof.
"Mission 66" Program
Indians Of North America
Magazines (military Buildings)
Blackburn, U. James, Field Team
Sobek, Durward K., Field Team
Shanahan, Dick, Field Team
Oyama, Jack, Delineator
Goldy, Charles B., Delineator
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer July 1965 NORTH and WEST ELEVATIONS
2. Historic American Buildings Survey John N. DeHaas, Jr., Photographer June 1965 DOOR DETAIL
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer June 1965 SOUTH and EAST ELEVATIONS (Rear)
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