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News from the City of Polson

The City of Polson and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes invite everyone to join our ribbon-cutting celebration at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Polson’s Sacajawea Park for the official opening of the Interpretive Trail Sign project. 

This project began in 2015 to develop a full and complete written and visual history of Polson’s place in the Mission Valley. Various pieces of history were pulled together to create a deeper sense of place and give us a more robust understanding of our own community for everyone to experience. We are pleased that this project was such a successful collaboration between local groups including the City of Polson, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Greater Polson Community Foundation, Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation, numerous interested citizens, historians, and skilled photographers. 

In all, 16 signs line the trail and boardwalk starting at the Salish Point lookout and finishing in Riverside Park. These signs cover an array of topics including a panoramic lake image identifying specific points, fish of the Flathead, birds and wildlife, the tribal way of life, historic transportation of the area, and tribal cultural images.

On Saturday, May 27, we will gather at 10 a.m. near the shoreline area at Sacajawea Park to commemorate the completion of the interpretive trail. We will have an honor song by a local drum group and high school band music, as well as some behind-the-scenes insight from people who made this collection possible. We look forward to celebrating this community success with everyone. Please come join us and bring a guest. 

For more information, please contact Heather Knutson at 212-0489 or mayor@cityofpolson.com.

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