There Are More Than 100 Historic Buildings In This Montana County
We love to preserve our local history here in Montana, and that’s why you’ll find so many century-old buildings and historic districts scattered around our state. And while you’ll find these treasures from the past everywhere you go, there’s one county in particular that has far more structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other. In fact, when you add up all the old houses and cabins, hotels, bridges, fire lookouts, roads, bridges, and more, there are 147 places in Flathead County that make the list.
Flathead County is pretty massive, encompassing cities like Kalispell as well as parts of Glacier National Park.
It comes as no surprise that the Polebridge Mercantile would make the list. But it's actually part of an entire historic district called the W. L. Adair General Mercantile Historic District.
The Belton Chalets are a group of historic hotel buildings in West Glacier.
Once operated by the Glacier Park Hotel Company in the 1910s and 1920s, this place has been on the National Register of Historic Places for decades.
Of course, the beautiful Lake McDonald Lodge is also on the list.
Since 1913, this lodge has accommodated thousands and thousands of Montanans and tourists alike.
One lesser-known gem on the list of Flathead County's historic treasures is Vance Lodge.
It was built in 1914 by Andy and Ella Vance, and it stands near the North Fork of the Flathead River near Polebridge.
If you've spent time in Kalispell, you've probably seen the Anderson Style Shop at 222 Man Street.
Designed in 1941 by local architect Fred Brinkman, the shop inside the building was founded in 1891.
When in Kalispell, visiting the Charles E. Conrad building is a must.
This Victorian era shingle-style Norman mansion was designed and built especially for Charles E. Conrad, a late 19th century shipping magnate and early Kalispell resident.
The Fisher House is another historic home in Kalispell that is more of a hidden gem.
It was built in 1892 for Reverend George McVey Fisher, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife and six children. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
This is a small sample of the many historic treasures you can find in Flathead County. If you consider yourself a history buff, do some exploring the next time you find yourself in the area.
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Polebridge, West Glacier, MT 59928, USA