The Early Years:

The area that is now Columbia Falls, in the early days, was a logging and agricultural section with numerous mills and farms located throughout the area. When the Great Northern Railway built through the area in 1891, Columbia Falls, once known as Monaco, became the eastern gateway into the Flathead valley and the western gateway into the North Fork, Lake McDonald country and points east. Though settlers were in the area long before, the city of Columbia Falls was not officially incorporated until April 26, 1909. read more...

The Beginnings Of Heritage Days:

The annual community celebration in Columbia Falls began in 1956. The original event was organized to celebrate the prosperity brought about by the industrial expandsion of the area, which, in addition to the railroad and lumber business, now included the Anaconda Aluminum Company's new plant just north of Columbia Falls. For more on the origins of Heritage Days follow this link: read more...




Due to the increasing size of this section of the Heritage Days website, the "History" page has been broken down by category for easier reference.



CHARACTERS

1927, 20 Jun: Joe Cosley - Indian Trapper Returns From The Northland

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1931, 20 Mar: Jacob Neitzling - Columbia Falls Constanble Slain

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1935, 07 Jun: John E. Lewis - Flathead Valley Pioneer

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1941, 21 Feb: James A. Talbot And Shellrock Manor

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1942, 17 Jul: Final Voyage Of Talbot's Steamer "The Oakes"   NEW !

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COMMERCE

1895, 16 Aug: Columbia Falls Gets Soldiers Home

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1903, 05 Jun: Newspaper Plant Moving To Columbia Falls

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1903, 26 Jun: Columbia Falls Has A Newspaper

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1910, 29 Apr: Changes At Columbia Falls

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1910, 05 Jul: New Concern For Columbia Falls

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1925, 16 Apr: Anderson Opens Theatre At Columbia Falls

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DEVELOPMENT

1909, 27 Apr: Columbia Falls Incorporated

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1909, 22 Jun: Murray Is Elected First Mayor Of New City

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1910, 23 Sep: Electric Lights For The Falls

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1956, 12 Jun: Falls To Use Dial Telephones Sunday

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FIRES

1904, 05 Feb: Destroyed By Fire

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1904, 22 Apr: Columbia Falls Has A Blaze

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1929, 31 Jan: Fire Totally Destroys The Gaylord Hotel

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MILLS

1896, 27 Nov: Another Saw Mill

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1906, 09 Mar: New Mill At Columbia Falls

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1920, 27 Jul: Among The Sawmills

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1922, 23 Jun: Columbia Falls Mill Is Burned

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SCHOOLS

1896, 20 Nov: Columbia Falls Schools

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FALLS FABLES

1904, 27 Aug: Night Operator At Columbia Falls Held Up

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1910, 02 Sep: Safes Cracked At Columbia Falls

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PLEASE NOTE: If you have any information about the history of Columbia Falls, and / or Heritage Days, and you would like to share that information on this website, please contact the Heritage Days coordinators (click on the 'contact us' link at the top of this page for contact details).

Thank you,

Heritage Days Committee