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September 13, 2018

EARLY CELEBRATION - A crowd gathered outside the Ward Hotel (now the Black Bear Inn) for a Fourth of July Celebration in Thompson Falls. Speakers addressed the crowd from the second-story balcony. A second story over what is now Minnie's Montana Cafe served as an annex to the hotel and offered 20 additional rooms for the hotel.


Edward Donlan was a pioneer of Thompson Falls and Sanders County. He was a critical figure in the fight between Plains and Thompson Falls as to which town would be the seat of the newly formed county. He owned large amounts of real estate around Thompson Falls which became Donlan's...

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