The Railroad

Whitefish was carved out of the wilderness when James Hill moved the Great Northern division point here from Kalispell in 1904.  We have always been “a railroad town.”

The first train through Whitefish, October 4, 1904.

The first train through Whitefish, October 4, 1904.

The Great Northern crew in 1904, just before the terminal was moved from Kalispell to Whitefish. Top row: J.W. Goodell, Ted Bailey, Ed Fairburn, Jerry Gould, _____ Brown, Marvin T. Hove, Fred Lee, and Ira Page. Second row: Gus Thorson, Frank Hennessy, Bill Blurport, and Charlie Ross. Second Row: Albert Jette, unknown, Fred Pickett, Front row: Charlie McFadden, Jeff Carnet, Jim Brown, and Jim Elwood.

The Great Northern crew in 1904

Relaxing Tony Caferro, Alex McLaughlin and Frank Christian, ca 1930.

Whitefish steam engine

Kenworth tractor with Great Northern bulkhead loaded with Whitefish lumber, 1961.

 Kenworth tractor with Great Northern bulkhead loaded with Whitefish lumber, 1961.

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