Pablo was once a booming town until the early 1920's when it was nearly destroyed by fire. Pablo continues to grow and to be an essential part of the valley, however. The town was named in 1914 after pioneer cattle and buffalo rancher Michael Pablo.
Pablo is the headquarters for the Flathead Indian Reservation and lies at the base of the Mission Mountains south of Flathead Lake. Government offices of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes moved to Pablo in the late 1970's because of its central location on the Flathead Reservation. The Salish-Kootenai College was established in 1977. It has a library that holds an extensive collection of history books about the Native American Tribes.
Of special interest are the Ninepipe and Pablo Wildlife Refuges, Arlee Powwow in early July and Elmo Powwow in July, as well as the Sqelix'u/Aqtsmaknik Cultural Center, which takes its name from the Salish-Kootenai languages meaning ""the People's."" Reflecting the people's desire to establish a center aimed at promoting, preserving and enhancing Salish-Kootenai culture, ""The People Center"" was officially established in the fall of 1990. The facility lies north of Pablo on highway 93 and includes exhibits, collections of Salish-Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille people, a learning center and gift shop. Educational day programs are available. The center tells the native story and shows the way of life as it has passed from generation to generation..
Pablo is located in northwestern area of Montana, 7 miles south of Polson.