Places: Stumptown Historical Society Whitefish Museum

By Beacon Staff

For an inspirational journey through Whitefish and the surrounding area, lose yourself for an afternoon at the Stumptown Historical Society Whitefish Museum.

The Society, founded in 1982, purchased the Whitefish Railway Depot for a $1 in 1990 from the Burlington Northern Railroad. An extensive renovation – including the interior office spaces, Amtrak waiting room and building exterior – reinvigorated the depot and created a wonderful place for historical reflection.

Browse the history of logging and trapping through photographs and memorabilia. Displays of hundreds of items include everything from toy trains and historic conductor uniforms to drug store memorabilia, golf clubs, skies and Native American artifacts.

Also stop in to see the only mounted Hicken Fur-Fearing Fish. Let your imagination fly as you read the story of the fur-covered fish and its picky habits.

Visitors are encouraged to try their skills at a telegraph display where you can hear the recorded dot and dash sounds as a message is relayed over the wire.

The museum’s largest asset, according to Jill Evans, Administrator of the Historical Society, is the massive collection of archived photographs.

Continue your exploration outside the museum walls by following a Whitefish Historical Tour of buildings around downtown.

How to get there: The Stumptown Historical Society Whitefish Museum is located on Depot Street on the north end of Central and Spokane avenues.

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