Sanders County, located in northwestern Montana, sits astride the Clark Fork River as that river flows out of Montana. The county seat is Thompson Falls, named for British Explorer David Thompson who built a Hudson Bay Trading Post here in 1809.
The 2,000 US Census showed 10,227 people living in the county, a number which grew 7.9% to 11,034 by 2008. While there is no real industry to speak of in Sanders County, it is a popular retirement destination.
The county was created in 1905 and named for Wilbur Fisk Sanders, a Montana pioneer and U.S. Senator from Montana from 1890 to 1893. The county number shown on Montana license plates is 35.
Taken March 21, 2010 in Thompson Falls, Montana.
Nikon D80 DSLR, Nikkor 16-85 mm wide angle/tele/zoom lens set at 31 mm.
ISO 125, f /11.0, 1/20 second.
Processed in Photoshop CS4.