Polson in 1910
Polson is the largest town on the old Flathead Indian Reservation, beautifully located at the foot of the Flathead Lake in Lake County. It has a population of about 900. Last year 100 new buildings were erected at a total cost of $50,000.00.
It has city water works and electric lights. The transportation consists of two steam boat lines to Somers and stages to Ravalli and Dixon. The town has a public school, Catholic and Methodist churches, three banks, three clubs, five hotels and twenty-five business houses.
The manufactories consist of a saw-mill, cabinet works, brick works, cement blocks and pop factory. The town is growing rapidly and combines beautiful scenery, fine climate and commercial activities.
The surrounding country is being rapidly settled with farmers and fruit growers. Its best asset however, is its location for manufacturing purposes, being at the foot of the lake and the natural outlet for all timber on the Flathead system, estimated to be about 50,000,000,000 ft. There is a large water power on the Flathead river in the vicinity, having a total fall of about 200 ft., at low water and a flow of 2,500 second feet which would furnish sufficient water power for large factories.
Polson in 2000
Polson is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana lies in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake Montana. This charming lakeside community is the trading center for one of Montana’s most fertile farming areas. In a prime cherry growing region and home to numerous cherry orchards, Polson celebrates with an annual Cherry Festival.
The broad, sweeping Mission Valley south of Polson is bordered by the rugged, snow-capped Mission Mountains. The Flathead River that flows from Polson features whitewater rafting and Kerr Dam. The National Bison Range at Moiese just south of Ronan Montana with its large herds of bison, elk, deer, antelope and barn sheep is nearby, as well as the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges for bird watchers.
Two museums, The Miracle of America and Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, offer many displays and memorabilia. Polson also has several city parks located on the lake. Visitors are advised to keep their cameras ready for the area’s own “Flathead Monster,” sitings of which date back over a hundred years. Also, don’t miss the Polson Golf Course.
Polson Montana become an attraction in the summer time when tempatures range from 80 to 95 degrees. All of Northwest Montana comes alive during the spring. In July Polson plays host to the Flathead Lake Hoopfest and then in August hosts the largest Car Show in the Pacific Northwest. The Mission Valley Cruisers boast 500 hotrods, custom and classic that line the streets of Polson Montana
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