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Thompson Falls

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Thompson Falls is a city in and the county seat of Sanders County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,313 at the 2010 census.HistoryThompson Falls was named after British explorer, geographer and fur trader David Thompson, who founded a North West Company fur trading post called Saleesh House in 1809. The community is located next to natural waterfalls on the Clark Fork river. The arrival of the railroad in 1881 brought the first real activity to the area. Two years later, when the gold rush hit nearby Cœur d'Alene, the town grew to accommodate the men going over the Murray Trail to the mines. In 1885 John Russell bought 40acre and plotted the town site.Thompson Falls was established in 1910.The Thompson Falls Dam, in operation since 1915, was constructed atop the original falls.GeographyThompson Falls is located at in the Clark Fork Valley at an elevation of 2419ft.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.73sqmi, all of it land.EcologyAn amphibian, the rough-skinned newt, has a population at Thompson Falls which is noncontiguous with the remainder of the Western US population of the species.
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