For more than 125 years, trains have passed through downtown Kalispell, Montana. Sometime in the next year, however, that will come to an unceremonious end with the completion of a new rail park just east of town that will allow for the removal of about 2 miles of railroad. The rails will be replaced with a brand new walking trail that local officials hope will spur development in the heart of Kalispell.
Earlier this year, I embarked on an effort to record the final months of train service through downtown Kalispell. The final product will likely appear in a future issue of Flathead Living Magazine, but until then, here’s a taste of what I’ve seen thus far. Enjoy.