Sitting on the front porch of Missoula’s history, you will see an involved and bustling neighborhood.

Location: the area beginning at South Third Street W. and Russell Street south to the Bitterroot Spur Trail, following the Bitterroot Spur Trail to Reserve Street, north along Reserve Street to South Third Street W., and along South Third Street W. to Russell Street. In Wards 5 & 6.

This neighborhood extends west of Russell all the way to historic Fort Missoula on the west side of Reserve Street. It’s an eclectic mix of homes and commercial businesses. The inclusion of the Fort adds an important element of history as well as open space for recreation. Talk about a neighborhood that bands together for the common good. Franklin to the Fort neighbors work toward bringing many civic improvements to this constantly progressing neighborhood – most notably a major sidewalk connection project. Families in the area have also made a concerted effort to conform the neighborhood to provide safer routes to schools. These projects are helping to transition Franklin to the Fort to an even more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Neighbors come together on beautification and green space projects, while also maintaining the local and well-used Franklin Park. From digging in the dirt in common spaces to working toward making the streets more bike, foot, and stroller friendly, you’ll find that the connections run deep in this busy and vibrant neighborhood.

Provided by Missoula Organization of REALTORS® and City of Missoula