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

Kalispell Hotel

Main Street Commercial Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Kalispell Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Running water, wake-up calls, and doors with locks were just a few of the amenities travelers could expect in this classy and expensive $2-a-night hotel, which opened in 1912. Kalispell architect Marion Riffo designed the three- story landmark built by local contractor B. Brice Gilliland. Since five other hotels closer to the railroad tracks offered stiff competition, a rooftop electric sign—one of the largest in the northwest—beckoned travelers. Hotel proprietors included Montana author Frank Linderman, who managed the business from 1924 to 1926. His frequent guest was renowned Montana artist Charlie Russell. Sale of the hotel lease brought Linderman enough profit to allow him to continue his writing. In later decades, the hotel fell on hard times and guests became less particular. Renovation, begun in 1989, transformed the original 52 rooms with “facilities down the hall” into a modern 40-room hotel. But the historic ambience remains in the lofty tin ceiling and oak stairway that still grace the spacious lobby, inviting visitors in imagine a bygone era.
 
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Kalispell Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Kalispell Hotel Marker
The marker is at the corner of the building.
Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.857′ N, 114° 18.814′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and 1st Street West, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Main Street, 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. McIntosh Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Brewery Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Heller Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 500 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 600 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 600 feet away); Flathead Wholesale Grocery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  Kalispell Grand Hotel -- Flathead Beackon. Some places allow you to step back in time. However, the Kalispell Hotel pulls you in. It’s a place worth
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visiting for a night, a meal, or even just a tea – especially if you’re yearning for some nostalgia and sense of yesteryear.
(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 25 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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