Hope in Bonner County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Idaho’s fur trade began in the fall of 1809 when David Thompson built a trading post 2.5 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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
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 200, on the right when traveling south on Hope Peninsula Road. Touch for map. Marker is located beside a pullout on the north side of Hope Peninsula Road, near the intersection with Idaho State Route 200. Marker is in this post office area: Hope ID 83836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other 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.
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Also see . . .
1. Kullyspell House.
Kullyspell House was a fur trading post established in 1809 on Lake Pend Oreille in what is now North Idaho. It was built by Finnan McDonald under the direction of David Thompson of the North West Company.
The post was located on the northeast shore of the lake on the Hope Peninsula, near the mouth of the Clark Fork river, just southeast of present-day Hope, Idaho (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. David Thompson and Kullyspell House.
In 1806 David Thompson explored the present day "Lake Pend Oreille - Kootenai River Super Side Trip", part of the Selkirk Loop drive. He was the first white man to explore this area and subsequently established a trading post in 1809 at present day Hope, Idaho and Sam Owen State Park called "Kullyspell House". (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. 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 Company. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
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