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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile

Kalispell Main Street Historic District

 
 
Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile Marker
Inscription.  In 1892, a year after the Great Northern Railway established Kalispell, a stone foundation stood on this corner. Construction soon stalled, however, likely a casualty of the national economic depression known as the Panic of 1893. An 1894 map shows the building still in progress, “to be stores 1st [floor] Lodge Hall 2d.” The county court and offices claimed the second story between 1895 and 1903. The Missoula Mercantile moved from quarters on Main Street to occupy the first floor. One of the largest retail and wholesale operations between Seattle and Minneapolis, the Missoula Mercantile sold everything from groceries to wagons. By 1897, its Kalispell branch employed twenty men and covered a 300 mile sales territory, delivering by train as far as Havre. Building additions in 1901, 1903, and 1908, and the installation of large new display windows, provided spacious quarters when the retailer became Kalispell Mercantile in 1911. A modern façade, installed in 1965, temporarily obscured the building’s historic fabric. Today, the Western Commercial style business block again recalls an earlier era, when Percheron draft horses pulled the
Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile Marker
The marker is at the corner of the building.
wagons making local deliveries.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.818′ N, 114° 18.699′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street East and 1st Avenue East, on the right when traveling east on 2nd Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 2nd Street East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central School (about 300 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 400 feet away); Heller Building (about 400 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 400 feet away); Brewery Saloon (about 400 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); Kalispell Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  KM Building -- Flathead Beacon. History can often be peculiar. This is especially true if you consider how one of the biggest, oldest, and largest local
The KM Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. The KM Building
landmarks in the Flathead Valley is often overlooked. Nonetheless, the KM Building, formerly the Kalispell Mercantile Building, at 200 First Ave. E. in Kalispell remains an historical treasure in so many ways.
(Submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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