Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Salish-Pend d'Oreille Place Names Map

Mountain View Hotel. Built in 1924-25 by Art and Ada White and RW (Babe Wilhelm). It burned down in 1947 and later rebuilt and renamed the Holland Lake Lodge. Koessler Collection.  USVHS Archives.

Neil Meyer.  Meyer Collection.
​USVHS Archives.

National Geographic Map Guide Destination

The Gathering Place: Swan Valley’s Gordon Ranch

Mission Mountains. Gray Wolf and Whelp Lake. USFS photo. Styler Collection. USVHS Archives.

Marie and John Stark with fawn deer. Circa 1930. Ukrainetz Collection. USVHS Archives.

Ross Greening with day’s catch. 1946.
​Ukrainetz Collection. USVHS Archives.

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 port-able sawmill on the Swan Valley museum grounds by downloading a free Next Exit HistoryTM app to access photos, audio, video and written descriptions.

USVHS nominates Leonard Moore
for Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Salish-Pend d'Oreille 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.

AUGUST 5th 
10 am - 3 pm
​Self-guided drive tour of homesteads
3 pm - 5 pm
Storytelling and Open Mic at Swan Valley Museum

Details and ticket info →

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

Items below are available for purchase! See Projects page for details.

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

Hulett family picnic. Hulett Collection.
​USVHS Archives
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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 hours:

​Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 
THURS through SUN - 12 Noon to 4 PM
(406) 754-2813
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