Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.
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. The early dude ranches and lodges are still
Swan Valley Museum
Winter Museum hours by appointment
Call (406) 754-2745 or 754-2238
Herb Styler and Bob Van Gieson in the Mission Mountains. 1950s. USFS/Van Gieson photo. USVHS archives.
Wranglers, Dudes and Homesteaders
Stories from Montana's Swan Valley Lodges - Lindbergh Lake version
beautiful film captures the magic of the Western life style as it
carries you back to the early years of Montana’s dude ranches with
stories, film and photos from one of the Swan Valley’s historical
ranches, Laird’s Lodge, now the Lindbergh Lake Lodge. First of a series.
Interviews with Dr. Bill Reynolds, Master Painter Ron Ukrainetz and Sharon MacQuarrie.
Inside this chronology of the scenic Swan Valley in western Montana you’ll learn about events that connect us to the Indian people who first encountered the Swan Valley, the surveyors who mapped thousands of acres of uncharted land, the homesteaders who toiled to eke out a living, the foresters and woodsmen who managed the natural resources, and numerous citizens who worked to make the character of Swan Valley what it is today.
Montana: Voices of the Swan
Over the past decade, many of
the Swan Valley's early settlers and residents have been interviewed,
sharing their stories of what it was like to be among the first to
inhabit this wild and rugged land.