Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Old Condon Ranger Station facility. Storehouse on right.
​Circa 1957-1960. Peltier Collection.



AUGUST 6
​5-8PM @ Swan Valley Museum

Celebrate and Support the History and Heritage of the Swan

Swan Valley Search and Rescue. 1967. L to R: Phil Zeiles, Charlie Goff, Walt Remick, Russell Haasch, Herb Styler, Harold Haasch.




AUGUST 20
10 AM - 2PM @ Swan Valley Community Hall

Used Book Sale

McDonald Peak in the Mission Mountains. Photo taken from Post Creek Saddle by Dick Peltier. Circa 1957 - 1960. Peltier 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

Val Hopkins. Hopkins Collection.
​USVHS 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:

THURS through SUN
12 Noon to 4 PM
or by appointment. Call (406) 754-2745 or (406) 754-2238 or Contact Us