Columbia Falls residents were out in full force Saturday afternoon to honor and celebrate their history at Heritage Days. The 57 year old tradition was originally called Progress Days - it was organized to celebrate the first anniversary of the Anaconda Aluminum Plant and industrial progress in town.
This year's theme is Our Town: 1950-1960, that decade was a time of growth for Columbia Falls. The Hungry Horse Dam was completed, Anaconda Aluminum opened its doors, and the railway replaced their old train depot with a new building.
Residents tell us they come out to the parade and events as a way to reconnect with friends.
"We've been here for generations, this is just something we do," said Dara Iverson. "I bring my kids up here. We get to see people we haven't seen all year. This is when they all have the high school reunions."