Downtown Columbia Falls (Montana, USA) by rocamiadesign

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4/9/11 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
4/10/11 – Featured in the ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY Group.

This is the main street, called Nucleus Avenue, in our town. Unfortunately, with the lumber industry’s decline and the railroad jobs drying up, this once thriving downtown has dried up. The only businesses that remain are mostly bars, pharmacies, banks, grocery and second hand stores. With the big malls, centered around WalMart and Costco, we have to go to the other end of the valley, to Kalispell, to do our shopping. You can’t even buy CD’s here anymore.

In spite of the economic problems, this town does its best to keep the small town feeling of community going. Every July there is an outdoor street dance that brings everybody together. In spite of the lack of jobs, the beauty of the area and the friendly people make it worth staying. We get to live in a place that over a million tourists visit each summer.

I’m entering this in The Warmth of My Home Town challenge in the Bits and Pieces group.

Photo taken in November, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.


  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    This is a great capture Kathleen. Reminds me of where I live. Small older buildings, local businesses instead of big flashy building that obstructs the view of the true beauty.

  • There is a building code in the entire valley that prohibits putting up any structure that is more than two stories. The main idea is to keep the view of the mountains so we don’t scare the tourists away. With all the old industries closing down, tourism has become the biggest employer. The view is what makes it worth staying here, in spite of the struggle for jobs and paying inflated prices for everything.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Well, at least they are smart enough to know better than to screw up the view and where their money comes from.

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Such a pretty town!

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful scenery

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouillealmost 4 years ago

    It’s beautiful and I love the vibrant colours. Unfortunately, what you speak of has happened to a lot of place. In my area of the city, our once thriving commercial street is now seedy and rundown, thanks to a big shopping center. It is sad indeed.

  • Malcolm Clark
    Malcolm Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture. Such a pretty town. So sad for the people there that it is in decline.

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneideralmost 4 years ago

  • BingoStar
    BingoStaralmost 4 years ago

    It does feel friendly and it is very clean and pretty too. Love the blue sky ..<:)

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • DavidGutierrez
    DavidGutierrezalmost 4 years ago

    great compo and colors!

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