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Paradise in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Searching For Fur And A Finer Life

Clark Fork Corridor: The People

 
 
Searching For Fur And A Finer Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
1. Searching For Fur And A Finer Life Marker
Inscription. David Thompson was the first Euro-American to record his travels along this stretch of the river. Early in 1809 he came through searching for an ideal site to establish a fur trading post. Later that fall he built the “Saleesh House” northwest of here near present day Thompson Falls.

For the next fifty years, miners, trappers, and traders passed through this canyon and settlers began homesteading the Wild Horse Plains Valley, twelve miles down river. In the late 1880ís a railroad was completed, linking Missoula with Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. This connected the Puget Sound and Lake Michigan and the number of settlers moving west dramatically increased.

Paradise, Almost
Across the river rest the ruins of an old homestead established in the early 1900s. It seems ideally located, but no road led to the site. Instead, the residents had to ferry themselves across or follow the perilous railroad track.

Koo Koo Sint
David Thompson, trader and noted geographer, often looked at natural features through a telescope. The name Koo Koo Sint, or sxw cl xlkw ukw usm in the Salish language, was given him. It means “He Who Looks at Stars.”
 
Erected by Lolo National Forest.
 
Location. 47° 
The Clark Fork (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. The Clark Fork (facing south)
20.294′ N, 114° 46.748′ W. Marker is in Paradise, Montana, in Sanders County. Marker is on State Highway 135 1.2 miles south of State Highway 200, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise MT 59856, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wildlife Thrive In Corridor Year Round (a few steps from this marker); Coursing Through Miles Of Montana (a few steps from this marker); Phantom Formation Is Rock Solid In Corridor (approx. 1.9 miles away); Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Earth's Blood Flows Past You (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Lolo National Forest. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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