“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Sanders County, Montana

Clickable Map of Sanders County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Sanders County, MT (26) Flathead County, MT (131) Lake County, MT (10) Lincoln County, MT (4) Mineral County, MT (23) Missoula County, MT (150) Bonner County, ID (9) Shoshone County, ID (60)  SandersCounty(26) Sanders County (26)  FlatheadCounty(131) Flathead County (131)  LakeCounty(10) Lake County (10)  LincolnCounty(4) Lincoln County (4)  MineralCounty(23) Mineral County (23)  MissoulaCounty(150) Missoula County (150)  BonnerCountyIdaho(9) Bonner County (9)  ShoshoneCounty(60) Shoshone County (60)
Thompson Falls is the county seat for Sanders County
Adjacent to Sanders County, Montana
      Flathead County (131)  
      Lake County (10)  
      Lincoln County (4)  
      Mineral County (23)  
      Missoula County (150)  
      Bonner County, Idaho (9)  
      Shoshone County, Idaho (60)  
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1 Montana, Sanders County, Hot Springs — Symes Hotel
Native peoples occupied the Little Bitterroot River Valley and enjoyed its healing hot springs long before European trappers and traders encroached upon local resources. In 1855, an 80-acre area around the hot springs was set aside as a government . . . Map (db m219652) HM
2 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — Coursing Through Miles Of MontanaClark Fork Corridor: The River
More than 240 miles (456 km) east of here, Silver Bow Creek tumbles west from the Continental Divide above Butte, Montana. Thus begins the Clark Fork River, which drains more than 22,000 square miles of western Montana before it flows into Idaho. . . . Map (db m45194) HM
3 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — Native People Sustained Through Many MillenniaClark Fork Corridor: The People
Native people hunted this area 9,000 years ago for bighorn sheep, elk and long-horned bison. Making “seasonal rounds” to specific locations, they maintained a comfortable lifeway by hunting, fishing and harvesting native plants. . . . Map (db m45191) HM
4 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — Phantom Formation Is Rock Solid In CorridorClark Fork Corridor: The Land
Imagine a rock so old and so deep, that in some places, the bottom has never been found! The mountains you have been driving through are made up of such a rock—the Prichard Formation. Dating back 1.5 billion years, it is one of the oldest . . . Map (db m45192) HM
5 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — Searching For Fur And A Finer LifeClark Fork Corridor: The People
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” . . . Map (db m45195) HM
6 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — The Earth's Blood Flows Past YouClark Fork Corridor: The River
For thousands of years the Sqelixw—people of the Salish, Pend Oreille and Kalispel tribes—inhabited the valleys of the Clark Fork and other rivers of western Montana. They used their extensive knowledge of the natural world to create and . . . Map (db m45190) HM
7 Montana, Sanders County, Paradise — Wildlife Thrive In Corridor Year RoundClark Fork Corridor: The Land
Bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer-you may see any of these large mammals grazing in this area, depending on the season. Most spend their summer higher above the river and move to lower, snow-free pastures in winter. Look for . . . Map (db m45197) HM
8 Montana, Sanders County, Plains — Flathead House
By the second decade of the nineteenth century, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) had become a dominant presence in northwestern Montana, bartering trade goods for furs with the Kootenai, Pend d'Oreille, and Salish People. In 1812, the company built a . . . Map (db m219342) HM
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9 Montana, Sanders County, Plains — Road to the Buffalo
"They go to Buffalo twice a year - first, 'to bulls' ... second 'for cows' ..." 1857, R.H. Lansdale, Indian Agent, Washington Territory At Horse Plains "... a village of Indians collected here who never go for buffalo ..." . . . Map (db m219341) HM
10 Montana, Sanders County, Plains — Sanctuary for Wetland Wildlife
Stop by this wetland on a spring evening to hear the loud ribbitt, ribbitt of hundreds of Pacific tree frogs. They share their haven with a host of amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic insects. What makes this Western Montana wetland . . . Map (db m219343) HM
11 Montana, Sanders County, Plains, Dorothy V. Johnson Park — Wild Horse Plains
Wild Horse Plains is nestled in a circular valley at an elevation of 2,450 ft., drained by the Clark Fork River. Between 70,000 and 130,000 years ago the Bull Lake ice age glaciers dammed the Clark Fork River Valley creating Glacial Lake Missoula. . . . Map (db m219335) HM
12 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — 102 Park Street
Prominent contractor Charles Doenges built this delightful Bungalow style dwelling in 1922 during a housing shortage related to the building of Thompson Falls’ hydroelectric dam. The home was one of several rental properties built and maintained by . . . Map (db m219644) HM
13 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Ainsworth House
In 1910, the newly incorporated town of Thompson Falls was shedding its frontier image. That year saw the organization of local power and water companies, the opening of a public library, and the construction of the town’s first Bungalow style . . . Map (db m219534) HM
14 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Bad Rock Trail
The nearby Bad Rock Trail was an important route for the aboriginal people who inhabited northwest Montana. The first documented account of the trail was by North West Company trader David Thompson in 1809. Located within sight of the company's . . . Map (db m219346) HM
15 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Bedard House
The beginning of the twentieth century brought a new and conscious emphasis on natural surroundings, which found architectural expression through the Bungalow style. The Bedard House, built by Charles Wicksell and Ecton Browne from a pattern book . . . Map (db m219547) HM
16 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — David Thompson1770 - 1857 — Pioneer Geographer —
“Koo-Koo-Sint” – The man who looked at the stars Built Salish house near the mouth of Thompson River 1809 Map (db m112923) HM
17 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Fort Thompson Playground
Named in honor of surveyor and fur trader David Thompson (1770-1857), the first known explorer to reach Sanders County. Born in England, young David enrolled in a London charity school for orphan boys at age 7. Upon his 14th birthday he was sent . . . Map (db m219545) HM
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18 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep
"... saw about a dozen of Sheep, sorely wounded one of them with Shot but the Rocks were too steep and the cold & the Snow too bad..." Fur trader, explorer and geographer David Thompson was the first European visitor to the middle . . . Map (db m219421) HM
19 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Pend d'Oreille Hunting Grounds
For many thousands of years, this area has been a favorite hunting, fishing and food-gathering area for the Olispé (Pend d'Oreille) people, many of whom live today on the Flathead Reservation. The Salish-language name for the Thompson Falls area is . . . Map (db m219422) HM
20 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Randolph Hoyt House
On Christmas Day of 1914 the Sanders County Ledger reported that “…no town in western Montana … has advanced with the same rapid strides as Thompson Falls.” Indeed, the town possessed all the modern trappings: new streetlights illuminated the . . . Map (db m219643) HM
21 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Road to the Buffalo
Seeing the country being denuded of beaver, Thompson wrote: "Every intelligent man saw the poverty that would follow the destruction of the beaver, but there were no chiefs to control it; all was perfect liberty and equality." David . . . Map (db m219424) HM
22 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Saleesh House
In November 1809, famed British North West Company agent and explorer David Thompson built a trading post about five miles east of here near the mouth of the Thompson River. Strategically located on a well-worn aboriginal trail, Saleesh House was . . . Map (db m112921) HM
23 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Sanders County Jail
Prominent landowner and state senator Edward Donlan won a political victory in the 1906 legislature with the designation of Thompson Falls as county seat for Sanders County over the rival town of Plains. By compromise, most county posts were filled . . . Map (db m219529) HM
24 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Dam DistrictSt. Luke's Hospital
Missoula senator Edward Donlan, Dr. Everett Peek, and Arthur Preston organized the Thompson Falls Light and Power Company in 1910 to develop electricity for the community and promote the concept of a hydroelectric power station. The monumental . . . Map (db m219647) HM
25 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Ward Hotel
Edward Donlan, who built this building as the Ward Hotel in 1907-1908, was significant in Thompson Falls history. At age twelve, the Canadian boy of Irish descent left home and went to work. Laying track south of Neihart brought him to Montana, . . . Map (db m127689) HM
26 Montana, Sanders County, Thompson Falls — Weber's Store
Thompson Falls enjoyed a growth spurt and a new sense of stability at the dawn of the twentieth century, underscored by the construction of several substantial brick buildings. Charles Weber’s general mercantile store was the town’s second building . . . Map (db m219536) HM
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Jun. 3, 2023