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Kalispell (/ˈkæləˌspɛl, ˌkæləˈspɛl/) is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it 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 also the gateway to Glacier National Park.

About Kalispell
Working using his own capital, Charles Edward Conrad, a businessman and banker from Fort Benton, Montana, formed the Kalispell Townsite Company with three other men. The townsite was quickly platted and lots began selling by the spring of 1891. Conrad built a large mansion in Kalispell in 1895. Kalispell was officially incorporated as a city in 1892. Since that time, the city of Kalispell has continued to grow in population reaching 19,927 in 2010. 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.

Nestled in the Flathead valley, Kalispell is 31 miles (50 km) from Glacier National Park and 22 miles (35 km) from Hungry Horse Dam. Skiers have access to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area each 17 miles (27 km) away. Flathead Lake is 7 miles (11 km) away. Buffalo Hill Golf Club, designed by Robert Muir Graves, serves the needs of golfers.

The tribal schools nearby offer classes in the Kalispel–Spokane–Flathead language, a language nest, and intensive language training for adults. There is a Salish language school and training center in Arlee, Montana.

Heaven’s Gate (1980) was filmed in and around Kalispell.

Kalispell is located at 48°11′52″N 114°18′58″W (48.197801, −114.316068), at an elevation of 2,956 feet (901 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.73 square miles (30.38 km2), of which, 11.64 square miles (30.15 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Kalispell is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States.

Kalispell experiences a warm-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb), with long, cold and moderately snowy winters, hot and dry summers, and short springs and autumns in between. Nights are much cooler than daytime highs. Snow usually occurs from late October/early November to March.

Kalispell has a public library, a branch of the Flathead County Library.
Kalispell is located at the intersection of U.S. Routes 2 and 93. Commercial air service is offered at Glacier Park International Airport, located approximately 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Kalispell off U.S. Route 2 between Kalispell and Columbia Falls.

Kalispell City Airport, located in the southern part of the city, offers general aviation service.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder service between Chicago and either Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon, is available in Whitefish, approximately 15 miles (24 km) north.

Eagle Transit, an agency of Flathead County, offers local transit service within and connecting Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish, as well as paratransit demand-responsive service.

As of July 2014, one of Montana’s last mint farms, growing peppermint and spearmint, is located near Kalispell.

Kalispell is one of the largest media markets in Montana. It is the second largest over the air radio market in Montana, behind only Billings.

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