Captain John Mullan Museum

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

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A marble statue of Captain John Mullan in Missoula, Montana. This is one of three monuments in three different states erected for Captain Mullan.

Established in the former Liberty Theater, the Captain John Mullan Museum details the town of Mullan’s history using artifacts such as clothing, newspapers and mining tools from days past. Captain Mullan, for whom the Idaho town is named, was tasked with leading the surveying and construction of Mullan Military Road—a road that stretched 640 miles from Fort Benton, Montana, to Walla Walla, Washington. Mullan Military Road’s main purpose was to quickly move Army troops and supplies, but it also helped create an influx of traffic to smaller towns and their businesses along the way. The importance of the road and Mullan’s contributions is underscored by the three Mullan monuments in three states—Idaho, Montana and Washington.


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