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Kalispell is the 'Hub of the Valley.' Officially born in 1891, Kalispell developed on the site where founder Charles Conrad knew the railroad would establish the main line junction. Conrad opened the Kalispell Townsite Company, established a bank and began building a 26-room mansion. His east side home is just one of many historic homes and buildings created for one purpose and now used for another.
From bed and breakfast inns to museums and art centres, Kalispell honours the past while building for the future. A perfect blend of old and new, Kalispell is ready to welcome every visitor.
The railroad depot welcomes visitors as the home of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau. Andrew Carnegie's spirit survives in the elegant former library, now the Hockaday Museum of Art. Kalispell's first school brings the past alive as the Central School Museum. On Main Street, new construction blends with historic buildings now housing artists' studios, galleries, restaurants, hotel, offices, shops and boutiques.
The city has more than 20 parks. Some surround historic structures, including Depot Park, Courthouse Park and the Conrad Mansion grounds. Woodland Park, the city's largest, is a year-round family favourite. And where Conrad's buffalo herd once grazed, golfers play the challenging layout of Buffalo Hill Golf Course.
Near Kalispell, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the lower 48 states, with over 520 square km (200 square miles) of water and 300 km (185 miles) of shoreline. The southern half of Flathead Lake is within the boundary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation.
Glacier National Park is also just a short drive from the Kalispell area. It is perhaps the last vestige of pristine wilderness left among the national parks in the continental U.S. Uncrowded and blessed with some of the world's most beautiful scenery, its 1.4 million acres of rugged landscape was sculpted eons ago by slow moving glaciers, 50 of which are active today. Wildlife abounds and the world's most scenic highway, The Going-To-The-Sun Road, cuts a swath through grand vistas.