Old Photos of Downtown Kalispell

Alton Pearce Drug Co.

Before Coins and Carats was started in 1991, Alton Pearce Drug Co. was in the downtown store that we are now in. They were one of the prominent businesses during the growth spurt of Kalispell and managed to collect photos of downtown throughout their time running the store. We have curated these here.

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The Whipps block, 3rd  and  Main Streets in Kalispell, soon after construction in 1904. William C. Whipps, four term Mayor of Kalispell and owner of Kalsipell Liquor  and  Tobacco Company, had this building constructed the same year the Great Northern Railway moved its division point from Kalispell to Whitefish. In 1909, Whipps built a matching addition on the south. b and w photo.	 B and W wide angle photo of 2nd St looking west from 1st Ave East. The Missoula Mercantile Co., later (1911) known as the Kalsipell Mercantile Co., is on the left (SW corner) and the Montana Hotel right (NW corner) in the photo. Numerous people walking or riding bicycles. There are a mix of horse drawn wagons as well as early model automobiles. Caption reads, 'Missoula Mercantile (K.M.) Early 1900's. Montana Hotel.' The Montana Hotel was built in 1909.