Cooney Lookout, 1956

National Geographic Map Guide Destination

The Gathering Place: Swan Valley’s Gordon Ranch

USVHS performance, focus and invitation

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New ​Museum Trail

The new hardened surface trail will make for smooth walking when the Swan Valley Museum opens May 25. The trail was funded in part by a Missoula Parks and Trails grant.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Maki Cabin now at Swan Valley Museum! See Projects

Next Exit History

Travelers can take a self-guided tour of the Swan Valley Museum, Swan River Tavern, Whalen Homestead Cabin, Smith Creek School replica and the portable sawmill on the Swan Valley museum grounds by downloading a free Next Exit HistoryTM app to access photos, audio, video and written descriptions. The self-guided tour is funded by a Preserve Missoula County History grant from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project audio transcripts online!

Old Socks the horse at Gordon Ranch.

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The Selish-Ql'ispe Culture Committee provided a Swan Valley Place Names Map for display in the Swan Valley Museum. The map features the Pend d'Oreille Indian names of the landmarks, as well as photos and descriptions of this region. Highlights from the dedication ceremony

Leita Clothier and her father Babe

July 4th Celebration

August 3rd - Outfitting and Guiding

August 10th - Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

Wranglers, Dudes and Homesteaders: Stories from Montana's Swan Valley Lodges
Lindbergh Lake Lodge, Holland Lake Lodge and Gordon Ranch
30 minutes

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The Huck Book: Swan Valley's Berried Stories, History and Recipes

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS), established in 1988, is dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation and interpretation of materials that will help establish and illustrate our local history.

The upper Swan Valley area is unique in that it still retains a plethora of evidence of its varied history. There still exist old Indian trails crisscrossing our mountains. Old trapper cabins and marten notched trees are still around on the landscape. This area was homesteaded and settled at a relatively late date, primarily from the mid-1910's and later, with many artifacts and buildings of that particular era still in existence. Early Forest Service ranger station buildings and cabins are still here. Springboard notched trees and sawmill sites from the early logging days are scattered around the valley.

Photo of Swan Peak by Steve Ellis

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.

Swan Valley Museum

Open ​Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 
FRI, SAT, and SUN - 12 Noon to 4 PM
Or schedule an appointment
(406) 754-2745 or (406) 754-2238
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2019 Change Your Pace Challenge: June 14- July 26

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Else Maki, Tillie and Ollie Hill, Bill Calovis, Donna-Hill

Sponsor our 2019 4th of July Program and Business Directory!

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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Selish-Ql'ispe Place Names Map