The Missoula Peace Sign

Missoula Peace signMysteriously repainted every time the phone company would paint over it, the Missoula Peace Sign was located on the US West microwave reflector screen high on Waterworks Hill directly north of downtown from 1983 until sometime around the turn of the millenium when the screen was finally removed.  Now there is a peace sign made of rocks some several hundred yards to the east of the original location.

Ormesher’s Complete Food Market

At the northeast corner of Main and Ryman, from the early 1950s until the 1990s, there was a a small gravel parking lot flanked on the east by a number of old buildings that were later torn down to make way for a city parking garage.  If you ever wondered what might have been there before the little lot, it was a grocery store, Ormesher’s Market (which evidently had replaced an earlier business known as Deschamps Imports).

Ormesher's Grocery


That small parking lot was what became of the building site after a catastrophic fire consumed Ormesher’s in December 1952.

Ormesher fire after



The Blackfoot Boogie

The Blackfoot Boogie was a huge party on the Blackfoot River featuring a line-up of many local bands. Held one Saturday each summer during the early 1970s, they were organized by Bill Stoinoff, owner of the Joint Effort, a Missoula head shop. Starting around 1970 the parties were advertised sparsely on posters that said they were to be held at the “usual place” i.e. Red Rocks in Johnsrud Park. Continue reading

May 12, 1969: Explosion Rocks the Wilma


The Missoulian May 13, 1969


The Missoulan May 14, 1969

The last sentence reads, “Police have the metal and are investigating the incident.”   Evidently, the perps were never apprehended.  We hope the Wilma’s insurance covered those 47 broken windows.

It is interesting to note that in 1969, these explosions merited only two short items on the Missoulian’s second page, the second humorously characterized.  One can just imagine the panic, pandemonium and ongoing local, state and federal investigations that would result today should a similar event occur.

Out thanks to J. F. McDonough for this contribution.