Whitefish is the fictionalized version of the actual town. It is Kalispell's ardent rival.
Location & Geography
- Latitude/Longitude: 48°14′42″ N, 114°20′24″ W
- Elevation: 3,028 feet.
Whitefish is located on the shores of Whitefish Lake and at the base of Big Mountain. It lies on the western side of the continental divide near what will one day be Glacier National Park. The Whitefish River bisects the town of Whitefish as it courses south by southeast to briefly join the Stillwater River before it flows into the Flathead River.
Surface Area: 5.2 sq. mil.
Length: 5.8 mi.
Width: 1.4 mi.
Depth: 233 ft.
According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Whitefish has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps. This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters.
The small trading settlement of Whitefish was established at the height of the fur-trapping and trading industry in the 1830s. By 1840, as the fur trade dwindled, the settlement was becoming a haven for outlaws of all types. In the early 1860s, Elias Steelgrave began buying parcels of land in the area to eventually form Evergreen Ranch. If he could not purchase land at a low enough price, he drove the owners out and took it over.
Frustrated by his lack of influence in the town of Kalispell, not to mention the fact that its founding was accredited to Ishmael Thornton, Elias set about taking over the town of Whitefish. By 1869, he was declared the town's primary benefactor and named the town's founder. This bit of rewritten history suited him just fine as he considered himself the town's savior.
Elias Steelgrave summoned his son, gunfighter Case Steelgrave, home and had him installed as Whitefish's town marshal.
The bitter rivalry between Whitefish and Kalispell continues although it is masked beneath a veneer of friendliness and cooperation. Many decent folk have moved to the Whitefish legal jurisdiction but they remain at the mercy of the outlaw gangs that inhabit the region.
The town is destroyed by fire and only a few buildings are left standing. Some people do still live in the town area but mostly it is now a ghost town.
Nearest town: Kalispell (15.6 miles south)
Nearest city: Missoula Mills (133 miles south)
Currently, the only way to get to Kalispell, Whitefish, or other locations in the northwest region of the Montana territory is by stage, wagon, horseback, and, in some limited areas, boat. The nearest railhead is a fictionalized private railroad that runs from Sacramento to Missoula.
- Railroads: We plan on adding the establishment of a railroad as an ongoing story line. At this point in time, characters may not be owners of a railroad.