Feature Article: A Carousel for Missoula
Article 1: This Date in History: February 18, 1998
Article 2: Your Ultimate Montana Guide
Article 3: Montana Historical Society Museum
A Carousel For Missoula
(Located at 1 Caras Park in downtown Missoula. Call 549-8382 for more information.)
A Carousel for Missoula is the place where you can “Ride the Dream.” Not only is it one of the first fully hand-carved carousels built in America since the Great Depression, but it is also one of the fastest carousels in the country. It has the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, making for great music for your ride. Thirty-eight ponies, two chariots, and many other carvings are housed in a specially designed building. The Carousel is available for tours and private rentals. Also stop in to The Gift Shop at the Carousel where you will find work by local artists & craftsmen, carousel collectables, souvenirs, and gift items for all occasions. The Carousel is a labor of love by citizens of Missoula and beyond. It is open year round from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June through August, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. September through May.
Reprinted from The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encycylopedia
This Date in History: February 18, 1998
Missoula’s Olympic Gold Medalists
At the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Eric Bergoust of Missoula claimed a gold medal on February 18, 1998. Winning the medal in the freestyle aerial evet, Bergoust linked his success to years of practicing aerial dives off the chimney of his parent’s house, landing softly on a mattress pile. For Bergoust, the honor of winning the gold medal was the highlight of his career, and from then on, he vowed never to care if he crashed any of his future stunts.
Another Missoulian native is also the owner of a gold medal. Alpine ski racer, Tommy Moe, was born in Missoula on February 17, 1970. At age 24, Moe won both a gold and silver medal in skiing events at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games in Norway. His achievements allowed him to become the first US Olympian to ever win two medals in alpine events.
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Montana Historical Society Museum
225 N. Roberts, Helena. 444-4710
This is Montana’s largest museum displaying artifacts covering 12,000 years of history. Paintings of Montana landscapes and people give a rich perspective into life in Montana through the eyes of artists. It has the largest collection of books and periodicals about Montana in the world. Permanent galleries also exhibit the photography of F. Jay Haynes and another to the works of Charlie Russell. The Montana Historical Society is the oldest organization in the West. Founded in 1865, it was initially a private exclusive organization for prominent Montana pioneers. The museum and Museum Store are open year round and no admission is charged.
Reprinted from The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia