Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Gathering ice from Holland Lake. Circa 1924- 1925. Koessler Collection. SEC and USVHS Archives.



Elk in corral. No date. Nelson Collection. SEC Archives.



MARCH 3rd - 6 pm 
Friday Program: “Swan Valley Place Names” at the Museum

National Geographic Map Guide Destination

Buckhorn Camp, late 1960's photo. The Buckhorn Camp building was built in the late 1940's. Papke Collection. USVHS Archives.



L to R: Mary Lou Krause, Kenny Huston, Doris Holmes Haasch, Harold Haasch. No date. Mary Lou Wilhelm Collection. USVHS Archives.



Harold Gregg. No date. Gregg Collection. USVHS Archives.

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

These items are available for purchase! See Projects page for details.

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

Students at Smith Flats School. Circa 1950s. Deegan/Jette Collection. SEC Archives.

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:

By appointment. Call (406) 754-2745, (406) 754-2238 or Contact Us