Pacific Northwest - Day 9 - Historic Kalispell, Conrad Mansion
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Kalispell is, with about 20.000 residents, the 7th largest city in the State of Montana. It is also called, Gateway to Glacier National Park.
The name is derived from the Indian language and means something like: flat land above the lake. Which makes sense given the location of the city north of Flathead Lake. Kalispell was founded in 1891 by Charles Conrad, in order to serve as a division point for the Great Northern Railway. The town was a success and has grown ever since. It even turned a neighbor village into a ghost town. Even when the railroad was relocated the town kept going.
Today Kalispell still has a pretty nice historic center and some nice historic sites, like the McIntosh Opera House (now a store) which dates back to 1896, the 1911 Kalispell Grand Hotel, and many more.
Another historic site in Kalispell is the Conrad Mansion. This house was completed in 1895 and was owned by Kalispell's founder Charles Conrad. The house was donated to the city in 1974 by his daughter and is now operated as a museum. Since we had an rather filled Glacier National Park program for today we only had a quick look at the gardens and the outside of the mansion.
More pictures below!