With woodlands, mountains and Native American reservations nearby, this city is a goldmine for the adventurous, and theres a homespun arts incident, too
Ten years ago, if you wanted to live in a city on the edge of a rocky wilderness, surrounded by parties prepared to let you be whoever you required, you moved to Boulder, Colorado. Everyone did, and property rates became unaffordable. Now you create your eyes a little better north, and keep your wagon wheeling on up to Missoula, Montana, a town about as isolated as “the worlds largest” devouring reader of Henry David Thoreau could hope for.
Missoula is an oasis of civilisation late in the Rockies, surrounded by Native American territories, national forests and five different mountain ranges. Deer pass through people’s front grounds; moose is apparent from the road and endures sometimes go downtown to Greenough Park.
While Missoulians have many of the same outdoorsy preoccupations as the rest of cowboy country- huntin ‘, shootin’ and fishin’- they’re likewise obstinately different in other directions. Suspicious of Missoula’s artsy inclinations( the University of Montana has a renowned creative publication curriculum) and the wild parties said to go on there, Montanans dubbed it “Zootown”. The townsfolk surely know how to have a good time- its own population of 72, 000 prolongs a live music situation that would be the hatred of somewhere 5 times as big.