Pete has lived in the Flathead Valley for over 17 years. After living in Colorado and Utah, his passion for the outdoors finally drew him to Montana. It didn’t take him long to realize this was a special place, and he settled down to make this area his home. Years of experience in the service industry has given Pete the ability to work well with clients and connect with people quickly. An avid skier, mountain biker, and fly fisherman, Pete’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreating has taken him all over the valley and has given him a unique and expert knowledge of the area. Whatever your passion is, Pete would love to show you what makes this area special and help you find your piece of it. To contact Pete call: 406.270.5908.
A Whitefish History Lesson
Photo provided by Stumptown Historical Society.
In the mid-1850s, a group of trappers working the Flathead Valley’s rivers, lakes and streams for beaver and other pelts came upon a group of Indians pulling a native fish species – Whitefish – from a long, narrow lake … and suddenly, after tens of thousands of years, the lake had a name!
Though trappers, traders and waves of westward immigrants passed through the area during the second half of the century, it wasn’t until 1883 that the first permanent settler – John Morton – built a cabin on the shore of Whitefish Lake, just west of the mouth of the Whitefish River. Morton was joined by the forefathers of the local logging industry – including the Baker and Hutchinson brothers – in the early 1890s. Logging crews “boomed-up” their logs behind a dam built at the river mouth by the Boston & Montana Commercial Company, which – when opened – created a rush of water that helped float the logs down the river to Kalispell.
Crews laying track for the Great Northern Railway entered the Flathead Valley from what is now West Glacier in 1891, and initially followed a route through Columbia Falls and Kalispell, then west through Idaho and Washington to the Pacific Ocean. But the route west of Kalispell included a difficult climb over the Salish Mountains … a steep and tortuous grade winding slowly up one side, then just as painstakingly down the other.
3380 Gregg Creek Road, Olney, MT
MLS 21707245 Offered at $440,000
Lots of wildlife on this self sustaining 39 acres with a home and detached garage with additional living area for guests. Artisan Electric is a full-service solar and electrical contractor based in Seattle. Propane and diesel with 5 – 6000 watt solar panels, short wave radio and 3 wood stoves, solar battery costs are reducing significantly. Two generators including 30KW diesel generator and gas generator. Installed inverter/chargers for back up power. Great producing well at 35 gallons per minute. Home has R50 insulation in ceiling and ceiling and R40 in walls to keep home comfortable during seasons. Gregg Creek follows the entire property and Good Creek is also on the property. Gorgeous mountain views can be admired from a fabulous 2nd level deck. Tiered rock walls add to landscaping and beauty of this retreat as well as an extensive garden area with wonderful topsoil for your own garden. Only 30 miles to Whitefish.
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Whitefish Adopts Affordable Housing Plan
City council approves ‘road map’ to add hundreds of workforce housing units by 2020
BY TRISTAN SCOTT // FLATHEAD BEACON / 11-7-2017
The Whitefish City Council on Monday adopted a blueprint to guide the community as it grapples with an affordable housing crisis, while members of the public and city leaders emphasized the need to put the plan’s recommended strategies into swift action.
According to a workforce housing needs assessment released in December 2016, middle-income, working-class Whitefish residents have limited options when it comes to finding comfortable, cost-effective living arrangements, a problem that is displacing locals and forcing them to live outside their chosen community — 56 percent of Whitefish’s workforce lives in neighboring communities, 34 percent of whom would prefer to live in Whitefish.
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