Missoula Historic Underground Project

During the fall of 2012 a local, urban archaeological survey was conducted to see what evidence remains of Missoula’s historic “underground” landscape. This study of Missoula’s subterranean archaeological features includes an analysis and inventory of steam tunnels, sidewalk vaults, sometimes referred to as “voids,” and a mix of mundane and clandestine basement spaces. The American West’s urban undergrounds are laced with mystique and lore. By examining archival, architectural and archaeological evidence, along with local collective memories, this archaeology project is dedicated to providing systematic, fact-based documentation that aids in understanding the physical remains of Missoula’s historic urban underground landscape.


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