Thompson Falls, MT

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Thompson Falls is a city in and the county seat of Sanders County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,321 at the 2000 census.
Thompson Falls was named after British explorer, geographer and fur trader David Thompson, who in 1809 founded Saleesh House, a North West Company fur trading post. 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 40 acres (160,000 m2) and plotted the town site.
Thompson Falls is located at 47°35′48″N 115°20′37″W / 47.59667°N 115.34361°W / 47.59667; -115.34361 (47.596587, -115.343730) in the Clark Fork Valley at an elevation of 2,419 feet (737 m).