You can organize your own tour and check out the architectural highlights of the "Garden City" by contacting the Missoula Historic Preservation Office (tel. 406/258-4706) or downloading a map from www.historicmissoula.org.
Especially for Kids -- A remarkable community effort, the Missoula Carousel (tel. 406/549-8382; www.carrousel.com) was a project begun with nothing more than unrealistic optimism. During planning, funding, and assembly stages of the project, Missoula relied on the kindness of others to make it happen. The hand-carved and -painted horses are the result of thousands of hours of labor from volunteer workers, most of whom were novices trained in the art of carving and painting. It's a treat for kids, and adults will also marvel at this merry-go-round by the river at downtown's Caras Park, which is located at the spot where Higgins Avenue crosses the Clark Fork River. The carousel is open daily year-round, with 50¢ rides for children 16 and under and seniors 55 and over, and $1.50 rides for adults. Immediately west of the carousel building is another fun community project: a fantasy-themed playground dubbed Dragon Hollow.
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