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Missoula (pop. 33,388), large city in western Montana known for its wood products. A regional headquarters for the U.S. Forest Service, it has a training center for smoke jumpers—firefighters who descend into remote forest areas by parachute. Founded in the 1860s as a trading post, its growth was triggered by the creation of the Northern Pacific Railway.

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