Historic Underground Missoula

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Much of Missoula's history lies beneath the surface. As in many Old West cities, cavernous underground tunnel systems purportedly hid countless nefarious activities, from clandestine prostitution and Chinese opium dens to booze running during Prohibition. These sordid tales captivate today's residents and beg questions about the city's furtive past. Did local elite gentlemen mask their carnal habits there? Did John Wayne really use the passageways to run personal errands unnoticed? Author and urban archaeologist Nikki Manning ventures below to reconcile oral history with archaeological data in a fascinating exploration of Missoula's subterranean labyrinths.
ISBN: 9781626199194
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Montana
Images: 81
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Nikki Manning earned a master's degree in anthropology with a concentration in cultural heritage and urban archaeology at the University of Montana, where her thesis research focused on the Missoula Historic Underground and exploring how the political and social climate of early Missoula may have affected the use of space and the built environment. Nikki serves on the board of Preserve Historic Missoula and volunteers often with Missoula Historic Preservation Commission events.
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