Kalispell, Montana

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Kalispell is a city located within the western portion of the present-day U.S. state of Montana.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent, this region was inhabited by the Salish and then the Piegan Blackfeet peoples.  As for the city of Kalispell, Montana itself, it was established in 1891 by businessman and banker Charles Edward Conrad, who originally came from Fort Benton, which is also located with the state of Montana.  Conrad, along with three other individuals, formed the Kalispell Townsite Company in order to plat the original town.  Once lots began selling that same year, Conrad was able to build a mansion within the growing town in 1895.  The city of Kalispell, Montana was officially incorporated in 1892.  The name ‘Kalispell’ is derived from a Salish word meaning ‘flat land above the lake.’

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Kalispell, Montana has a total population of 22,761 people.  According to that same 2016 estimate, Kalispell, Montana’s metropolitan area has a total population of 94,924 people.  This makes it, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Census Bureau (Flathead County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau), “the largest city and commercial center of Northwest Montana.

Economically, as stated previously, the city of Kalispell, Montana is considered the commercial center of Flathead County.  Additionally, Kalispell, Montana also serves as Flathead County’s county seat and is considered “a secondary trade center with a trade area of approximately 130,000.”  Otherwise, the city of Kalispell, Montana serves as the home of the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, which “boasts a 150-bed facility.”  Another economic feature of Kalispell, Montana, at least according to a 2014 article by the Missoulian, is “one of Montana’s last mint farms, growing both peppermint and spearmint.”

However, Kalispell, Montana is perhaps most famous as serving as “the gateway” to Glacier National Park.  Glacier National Park, which is located 31 miles away from the city of Kalispell, Montana, is an IUCN category II national park.  Established all the way back in May of 1910, Glacier National Park is still governed by the National Park Service.  This 1,013,322-acre park sees 3,305,512 visitors on an annual basis.  Interestingly, the park is also located along the Canada-United States border, between the U.S. state of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Colombia.  It also “includes parts of two mountain ranges (which are sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals.”  As a result of these majestic features, Glacier National Park has often been nicknamed ‘the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.’

Otherwise, the city of Kalispell, Montana is home to no professional sporting franchises of note.  It was, however, the site for the filming of infamous box office flop Heaven’s Gate all the way back in 1980.  The Kalispell, Montana area is also home to Hungry Horse Dam, Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain, and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.

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