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RED RIBBONS

Adoptive family: Missoulian

My story: As told in the book “Red Ribbons” by John H. Toole, Missoula’s first printing press was hauled to town by horse and wagon in 1870. Just outside of town, the driver, Joe Magee, stopped and his men tied little red ribbons to the horse’s ears and mane. Thus adorned, the horse pulled the printing press into town and Missoula’s first newspaper was published. Red Ribbons, the Carousel pony, pays tribute to this little known anecdote in Missoula history.