Kalispell, Montana’s Rich History

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Kalispell’s rich history shows itself in the charming buildings along Main Street, in the homes that grace the tree lined boulevards, and the more than 20 parks with their rustic log gazebos and creeks that host winter skating. From the native tribes who hunted buffalo, golfers now play the challenging Buffalo Hill Golf Course. The timber barons and the farmers, who sought out the city as an economic hub, contributed to an invigorating economy that gives Kalispell its healthy personality.

Growing gracefully into the 21st century, Kalispell blends the past, present and future with a state-of the-art regional medical center, an ever-growing Flathead Community College, three art foundries and high speed telecommunications. The shopping and dining bring tourists from all over the Northwest, including Canada, and Glacier Park International Airport easily connects this growing Montana town of over 20,000 with approximately 159 flights per day.  In addition, Kalispell is the gateway to the Glacier National Park. Along the way, visitors and residents enjoy a charming arrangement of fascinating towns.

Columbia Falls, historically industrial with its mills and aluminum plant, is perfectly placed along the Flathead River. With its history of hardworking folks, this charming town is reinventing itself as a treasure trove for “antiquers.”

West of Kalispell is a land of lakes and lush forests. Abundantly private, yet close to town, the West Valley is the area’s best kept secret for horse properties, getaways for dreams come true, and ready-to-be-discovered lakeshore lands. There’s a perfect lifestyle for everyone in the Flathead Valley—horse properties, small ranches or small town living. The options are endless– the choices are breathtaking.

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Income Tax and Donald Duck

Income tax time is fast approaching and there’s a good story behind it. It’s a story of two wars, a dying Supreme Court justice and Donald Duck!

During the Civil War, Congress decided to try an income tax and they made it public. Prior to that, money was collected from tariffs. Each neighbor could see what the other was paying. Abraham Lincoln paid $1296 in 1864.

By the late 1800’s, income tax was almost only paid by the rich and they had some talented lawyers. In 1895, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. One justice was on his death bed, and the remaining eight split evenly. The dying justice came back and by a vote of 5-4, the court found income tax unconstitutional.

In 1913, Congress and the State brought it back by amending the Constitution. Again, the tax was only being paid by the rich people.

When World War II came along, the government needed more money and middle class were being asked to pay, too. Legislators thought ordinary Americans just wouldn’t do it. They wanted someone credible and easy to understand. So the government got Donald Duck. He marched around the house listening to the radio and filling out his tax form. Occupation: actor. Dependents: Huey, Dewey and Louie.

It worked. Donald Duck got ordinary Americans to pay their income tax. And here we are now.

Here’s the 1943 cartoon produced by Disney Studios showing Donald doing his fair share of taxpaying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99zmpod_zbE

Here’s the full story from Planet Money: