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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.

Lairds Lodge. SEC Archives.



Rumble Creek School. 1924-1925. L to R: Tauno Strom, Roxy Hollopeter, Pete Hollopeter, Dobb Wilhelm, Ting Wilhelm, and Evelyn Jette. Deegan/Jette Collection.

Early day logging near Swan Lake. Early 1910s era. Dee Morton Collection. SEC Archives.


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