Carl and Martha Jacobson with father Jacob Jacobson. SVC Archives.

Carl and Martha Jacobson with father Jacob Jacobson
Dick Peltier & Chuck Samuelson with trout near Turquoise Lake

Selish-Ql'ispe Place Names Map

Swan Peak, mountain in Swan Valley, Montana

Holland Lake 1939. Kenny Huston,
Joan Rader, Junise Nelson, Fern Huston,
​Rich Nelson, Frank Lundberg, Selma Nelson, and Warner Lundberg. Nelson Collection.

Leonard Moore
The Gathering Place book cover
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society July 2021 Newsletter

Ethel and Alice Brunson at homestead cabin, 1918. Brunson Collection.

Swan Valley Museum cabins
Swan Valley Family Trees
Watercolor of Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch

SAT. AUG. 7th
​Roads & Trails Storytelling Celebration & Fundraiser

National Geographic Map Guide Destination

The Gathering Place: Swan Valley’s Gordon Ranch

3 - 5 pm at Swan Valley Museum
Tickets: $10, children free. 


Listen and share stories about how transportation and technological improvements in the Swan Valley changed lives.

Cal Tassanari, ​Elk Lake area

Maki cabin
Elk Lake area
Holland Lake, 1939. Kids and adult in canoe
Ethel and Alice Brunson at homestead cabin

Maki Cabin now at Swan Valley Museum! See Projects

Next Exit History logo

Travelers can take a self-guided tour of the Swan Valley Museum, Swan River Tavern, Whalen Homestead Cabin, Smith Creek School replica and the portable sawmill on the Swan Valley museum grounds by downloading a free Next Exit HistoryTM app to access photos, audio, video and written descriptions. The self-guided tour is funded by a Preserve Missoula County History grant from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Swan Valley Place Names map

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project audio transcripts online

The Selish-Ql'ispe Culture Committee provided a Swan Valley Place Names Map for display in the Swan Valley Museum. The map features the Pend d'Oreille Indian names of the landmarks, as well as photos and descriptions of this region. Highlights from the dedication ceremony

Dick Peltier & Chuck Samuelson with trout near Turquoise Lake. Van Geison collection.

Change Your Pace Challenge logo

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

Wranglers, Dudes & Homesteaders CD
The Huck Book book cover

Items below are available for purchase! See our Projects for details.

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

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

Tours offered by appointment. To schedule call (406) 754-2745
or ​(406) 754-2238 ​or
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​Summer hours:
​Open July 4th through Labor Day weekend
Fridays and Saturdays, 12 Noon to 4 PM


Swan Valley Museum sign
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society