Kalispell Townsite Company was formed and lots began selling in 1891. The next year the city of Kalispell was officially incorporated. Flathead County was founded in 1893. The county is home to natural wonders including Flathead Lake, the Flathead Valley and Flathead River, all of which were formed by glaciers.
The western portion of Montana has a milder climate with warmer winters, cooler summers, less wind and more evenly distributed rainfall due to the mild air from the Pacific Coast. Throughout the year the area receives 56 inches of snow and 16 inches of rain on average. A cold semi-arid climate best describes the conditions experienced in Kalispell, MT.
Northwest Montana’s culture blends Native American history, logging, fishing, farms, the railroad and more. Conrad Mansion, Museum at Central School, Hockaday Museum of Art and Glacier Symphony feature exhibits and performances. Long Pine State Park contains more than 7 miles of trails, while Flathead National Forest offers 2.4 million acres of public land with 34 campgrounds and more than 400 campsites.
Flathead Lake boasts over 200 square miles of water, 185 miles of shoreline and is home to six state parks. Glacier National Park is 1,583 square miles of wilderness amongst the Rocky Mountains stretching to the Canadian border. The Flathead Valley is an oasis of breweries, wineries and distilleries like Sunrift Beer Company, Great Northern Brewing Company, Vilya Spirits Distillery, Tailing Loop Winery and Glacier Sun Winery. In addition, the area hosts events such as Taste of Kalispell, Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo, Glacier Half Marathon and Dragon Boat Festival.
Tourism, technology, agriculture and manufacturing are important sectors of the local economy. Healthcare is the largest industry in Flathead County. Kalispell Regional Healthcare is the primary healthcare provider anchored by Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Kalispell Public School District consists of two high schools, the largest middle school in the state and five elementary schools. Flathead Valley Community College serves more than 10,000 students each year with a selection of two-year and four-year opportunities.