Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks
3201 Spurgin Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Built of adobe and logs, Fort Owen is the site of the
first permanent white settlement in Montana. Father Pierre DeSmet came
to the area in 1841 and established St. Mary's Mission among the Flathead
Indians. In 1850, Major John Owen established the fort as a regional
trade center. Period furnishings and artifacts are displayed in the
restored rooms of the east barracks. Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. The site is 1 acre in size and sits at an elevation
of 3,398 feet. The park has a vault toilet, a picnic table, and celebrates Fort Owen Day each 4th of July. Golf courses and museums
are located nearby in both Stevensville and Missoula. The site is pack-in/pack-out
and there are no fees to visit the historic park. Donations are welcome
to help maintain the furnishings and artifacts.
Fort Owen State Park is located 25 miles south of Missoula on U.S.
93 to Stevensville Junction, then .5 mile east on Secondary 269.
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