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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.

Nosiienen, Aino Weiner, Matt, Ollie and Anna Hill at the Hill Cabin. Hill Raible Collection.
Students in front of the Smith Creek School in 1932. Located near present day Kauffman Road, it was built in 1918 and operated until 1932. The larch shakes were attached to the ridge pole and purlins (roof structure).

Recent Highlights


DEC 6 and 7
Frostbite Festival Weekend Celebration
SAT - Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale SUN - Family Day


Crafters & Artists - download the Holiday Bazaar application >>

DEC 14
Enjoy a self-guided tour of Swan Valley homes, decorated for the holidays.


See our Events page for details >>

Historic Smith Creek School Being Rebuilt



The Smith Creek School Project construction in progress

Hauling hay from Swan Lake Ranger Station up Swan River in 1918. USFS photo.



Gordon Creek Camp. Leonard Moore Collection.