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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hope in Bonner County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Kullyspell House

Kullyspell House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2013
1. Kullyspell House Marker
Inscription.  Idaho’s fur trade began in the fall of 1809 when David Thompson built a trading post 2½ miles southwest of here.

Kullyspell House (Thompson spelled “Kalispell” that way) was the earliest fur trade post in the American Pacific Northwest. A geographer and surveyor of rare skill, Thompson explored and mapped vast fur regions for the North West Company of Montreal. Reaching south from present day British Columbia, he added what now is North Idaho to the Canadian fur empire. It was David Thompson who discovered the route this highway now follows.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society & Idaho Transportation Department. (Marker Number 148.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1809.
Location. 48° 13.222′ N, 116° 16.012′ W. Marker is in Hope, Idaho, in Bonner County. Marker is at the intersection of Hope Peninsula Road and
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200, on the right when traveling south on Hope Peninsula Road. Marker is located beside a pullout on the north side of Hope Peninsula Road, near the intersection with Idaho State Route 200. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hope ID 83836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. David Thompson & Finnan MacDonald (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hope & East Hope (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lake Pend Oreille (approx. 3.7 miles away); Glacial Lake Missoula (approx. 3.7 miles away); Glacial Ice Dam (approx. 3.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is a large wooden structure with colorful lettering.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .  European Exploration and Growth. Explorer David Thompson, who apprenticed and then worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1790 to 1797, defected to the North West Company in order to pursue his work in surveying while working as a fur trader for that company. He made several journeys to the Rocky Mountains, eventually establishing Kootenae House and Saleesh House (the first trading post west of the Rockies in Montana) and Kullyspell House on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, extending the fur trading territory of the New West
Kullyspell House Marker (<i>Wide View</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2013
2. Kullyspell House Marker (Wide View)
Company. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,673 times since then and 197 times this year. Last updated on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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