Swan Valley Museum hours:

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Museum opens SAT May 23 @ NOON

Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.

Photo of Swan Peak by Steve Ellis

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.

Waterwheel at Lindbergh Lake. Pat Jewel. Jewel Collection. Date unknown.


Jim Creek Lookout. Built in 1916, this photo was taken in 1933. L to R: Orville Harmon, Art Anderson, Uno Strom, and unidentified. Art Anderson Collection.



Save-the-dates for these Programs and Events:

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Leita Clothier Anderson and cousin, Dick Moore, on the bridge over Swan River at Salmon Prairie. 1939. Clothier Collection.






AUG 1Film, Fiddlers and Fun!
5-8 PM @ the Museum




JUN 5First Friday
7pm @ the Museum

Join Neil Meyer and friends for a historical overview of logging in the Valley.


JUL 4  - Displays @ the Museum and Swan Valley Community Hall, Huckleberry Ice Cream @ Swan Valley Community Hall

JUN 12 – History Lives in the Swan Information Session
7pm @ Swan Valley Community Hall