National Register Listings in
Flathead County, Montana

Adair, W. L., General Mercantile Historic District Alexander and Busey Houses Anderson Style Shop Apgar Fire Lookout Bader-Jaquette and Westwang Houses and Rental Property Beaman House Beck, Alice, Cabin Belly River Ranger Station Historic District Belton Chalets Big Creek Ranger Station Historic District Billsborough House Boles, Charles, House Bowman Lake Patrol Cabin Bowman Lake Road Boyd's Shop Brice Apartments Bruyer Granary Bull Head Lodge and Studio Camas Creek Cutoff Road Cattle Queen Snowshoe Cabin City Water Department Coal Creek Patrol Cabin Conrad, C.E., Memorial Cemetery Conrad, Charles E., Mansion Continental Oil Company Filling Station Continental Oil Company Warehouse and Garage Cornelius Hedges Elementary School Courthouse Historic District Dean, A. J., House DESMET (boat) East Glacier Ranger Station Historic District East Side Historic District Equity Supply Company Elevator and Creamery Federal Building Ferguson House Fielding Snowshoe Patrol Cabin First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish Fish Creek Bay Boathouse Fisher House Flathead National Forest Backcountry Administrative Facilities Flathead River Bridge Flathead Wholesale Grocery Ford Creek Patrol Cabin Gay, Edward, House Gibson-Lebert House Going-to-the-Sun Road Graham House Granite Park Chalet Great Northern Railway Buildings Great Northern Railway Depot Great Northern Railway Passenger and Freight Depot and Division Office Gregg-Moses House Greve's Tourist Cabins Gunsight Pass Shelter Harrison Lake Patrol Cabin Headquarters Historic District Heaven's Peak Fire Lookout Heller Building Hodgson House Hornet Lookout Hotel Norden Houtz House Howes' Lake McDonald Cottage Sites Historic District Huckleberry Fire Outlook Izaak Walton Inn Johnson-Lee House Kalispell Flour Mill Kalispell Main Street Historic District Kalispell Main Street Historic District Addendum and Boundary Increase Kalispell Monumental Company Kalispell-American Laundry Kearney Rapids Bridge Keith, Harry C., House Kelly's Camp Historic District Kerr House Kintla Lake Ranger Station Kishenehn Ranger Station Historic District Lake McDonald Lodge Lake McDonald Lodge Coffee Shop Lake McDonald Lodge Historic District Leibig House Lincoln Creek Snowshoe Cabin Lockridge Medical Clinic Logan Creek Patrol Cabin Logging Creek Ranger Station Historic District Loneman Fire Lookout Long House Lower Logging Lake Snowshoe Cabin and Boathouse Lower Nyack Snowshoe Cabin Lower Park Creek Patrol Cabin McCarthy Homestead Cabin McCarthy, Margaret, Homestead McCarthy-Pederson Farm Historic District McGee House McMannamy House and Rental Properties Miller, J. K., Homestead Mount Brown Fire Lookout North Fork Road Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church and Parsonage Numa Ridge Fire Lookout Nyack Ranger Station Historic District O'Neil Lumber Company Office Pass Creek Snowshoe Cabin Polebridge Ranger Station Historic District Polebridge to Numa Ridge Phoneline Porter Ranch Barn Ptarmigan Tunnel Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin Raftery, William, Homestead Reid-Kent House Ringleberg, Cornelius, House Rogers House Roose-Eckelberry House Russell School Saint Mary Ranger Station Sauser-Mercord Building Scalplock Mountain Fire Lookout Scandinavian Methodist Church Schoenberger, Anton, Homestead Schoenberger, Charlie, Homestead Scott-Forhan House Sherburne Ranger Station Historic District Sherwood Lodge Skyland Camp-Bowman Lake Ranger Station Slide Lake-Otatso Creek Patrol Cabin and Woodshed Smith House Snyder House Soldiers' Home Historic District Sperry Chalets St. Richard's Church Stillwater Ranger Station Historic District Swan River Bridge Swan River Community Hall Swiftcurrent Fire Lookout Swiftcurrent Ranger Station Historic District Taylor, Ray E., House Thibodeau Electric Shop Thierwechter House Two Medicine General Store Upper Kintla Lake Patrol Cabin Upper Lake McDonald Ranger Station Historic District Upper Logging Lake Snowshoe Cabin Upper Nyack Snowshoe Cabin Upper Park Creek Patrol Cabin Vance Lodge Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home Walker House Walsh's, Johnnie, Guest Lodge Walsh, Johnnie, Homestead Walsh, Thomas J., Lodge Walton Ranger Station Historic District West Entrance Station West Side Historic District Wheeler Camp (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation) Wheeler, Burton and Lulu, Cabin Woll House Wurtz Homestead
The town of Virginia City, Montana, was a major center of gold mining during the late 19th century. At its peak in the 1870s, the town had a population of over 10,000 and was the territorial capital of Montana. Today, Virginia City is a popular tourist destination and has been preserved as a living ghost town.
Flathead County, Montana is located in the northwest corner of the state and is named after the Flathead Native American Tribe. The county's history stretches back thousands of years, with evidence of human habitation dating back over 10,000 years. The Native American tribes, including the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille, were the first inhabitants of the area and had a deep connection to the land.

In the 1800s, the arrival of European explorers and fur traders began to shape the county's history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the region in 1806 while exploring the American West. The fur trade brought further European settlement, and the construction of Fort Owen in 1850 marked the beginning of permanent Euro-American presence in Flathead County.

The mid- to late 1800s saw an influx of settlers drawn to the area's natural resources, including its vast timber reserves and agricultural potential. Mining also became an important industry, with the discovery of gold and silver deposits in the region. The construction of railroads like the Great Northern Railway in the late 19th century further fueled economic growth and brought more people to the county.

In the 20th century, Flathead County continued to develop and modernize. The establishment of Glacier National Park in 1910 increased tourism in the area, bringing visitors from around the world to enjoy the stunning natural landscapes. Agriculture remained a vital industry, with wheat, barley, and dairy farming playing significant roles in the county's economy. Today, Flathead County is a thriving community with a diverse economy, serving as a major hub for outdoor recreation, tourism, and a gateway to the beautiful wilderness of Northwestern Montana.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Flathead County, Montana.

  • 1872 - Flathead County is established.
  • 1891 - Kalispell is incorporated as the county seat.
  • 1904 - Glacier National Park is established.
  • 1933 - Great Depression hits the county hard, leading to economic struggles.
  • 1942 - Flathead County is impacted by World War II, with the establishment of Flathead Army Air Field.
  • 1970s - The county experiences population growth and development.
  • 1980 - The Great Northern Railway Depot in Kalispell is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1995 - The Hungry Horse Dam, a major hydroelectric project, is completed.
  • 2003 - The county is affected by the Hayman Fire, which burns a large area of forest.
  • 2017 - Flathead County celebrates its 145th anniversary since its establishment.