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Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Oval

University of Montana Historic District

 
 
The Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
1. The Oval Marker
Inscription.  Professor Frederick Scheuch and first university President Oscar Craig created the original campus master plan in 1895. The plan specified that the entrances of all immediate and future campus buildings were to face the center of a large oval. Ovals were a formal element commonly used in landscape design of the late nineteenth century, especially on academic campuses. Although only Main Hall and Science Hall (razed in 1984) were placed exactly according to the Craig-Scheuch plan, the beautifully landscaped Oval, surrounded by its eclectic collection of early buildings, remains a focal point of the campus.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 51.616′ N, 113° 59.119′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on Campus Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 Campus Drive, Missoula MT 59812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. University of Montana World War (I) Memorial (within shouting
The Oval and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
2. The Oval and Marker
The marker is affixed to the large rock at the left side of the photograph.
distance of this marker); Rankin Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); University Library 1908-1923 (within shouting distance of this marker); First Architect (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Women's Hall (about 300 feet away); University Hall (about 300 feet away); Nobel Laureate (about 400 feet away); The Heart of Campus (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the University of Montana campus. See https://www.campus-maps.com/umt/ for an interactive campus map.
 
Categories. ArchitectureEducation
 
The Oval, center image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
3. The Oval, center
University Hall in the background.
The Oval Trees image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
4. The Oval Trees
In 1896, a double row of trees was planted around the Oval. Over the years, weather and old age eliminated many of those original trees. Some trees were replaced and in 2013 the UM Alumni Association undertook an effort to restore the entire Oval to its previous grand appearance. In cooperation with the State Arboretum Committee, the Alumni Association solicited donors who stepped forward to sponsor Oval trees. UM is grateful to the following list of donors, some historic and some contemporary, who have generously contributed to the refurbishing of the much love UM Oval.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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