Kalispell, Montana

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Kalispell is a city in and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States.[1] The population was 14,223 at the 2000 census. Kalispell is the largest city and commercial center of Northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is the nearest population center to Glacier National Park. Kalispell is part of and the second largest city in Glacier Country, Montana

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History

James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railroad founded Kalispell in 1891. Since that time, the City of Kalispell has continued to grow in population reaching an estimated 20,000 in 2007. As the largest city in Northwest Montana, Kalispell serves as the county seat and commercial center of Flathead County. The city is considered a secondary trade center with a trade area of approximately 130,000. The city also is home to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, which boasts a 150-bed facility, and a physician staff of nearly 200 doctors.[2]

Nestled in a valley, Kalispell is only 31 miles from Glacier National Park 22 miles from Hungry Horse Dam. Skiers have access to Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area each only 17 miles away. Flathead Lake is only 7 miles away. [3]

Geography and climate

Kalispell is located at 48°11′52″N 114°18′58″W / 48.19778°N 114.31611°W / 48.19778; -114.31611 (48.197801, -114.316068),[4] at an altitude of 2,956 feet (901 m).[5]

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