Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Thomas Haggerty homestead cabin. Built around 1915. Rich Nelson Collection. SEC Archives.




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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

Christmas dinner at the Diamond L Bar Lodge. 1948 or 1949. L to R: Berta Hickey, Russell Hickey, little cousin, Dick Hickey carving the turkey, Margaret Hickey, Carol Hickey, Vera Hickey, and Grandma Hattie Bernier. Sharon Hickey MacQuarrie is standing beyond Uncle Russell.



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:

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