Mae Davidson Fenby and Bill Fenby, circa 1925. Rost Collection.
Selish-Ql'ispe Place Names Map
Goat Creek Station, 1949. Papke photo.
The Gathering Place: Swan Valley’s Gordon Ranch
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 Explore MontanaTM app to access photos, audio, video and written descriptions. The self-guided tour is funded by Preserve Montana.
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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
L to R: Ken and Brian Wolff, and unidentified. Wineglass building on Wolff property across from Hungry Bear, Feb.1972. Wolff Collection.
In front of 33 Bar Ranch, no date. Wolff Collection.
Wranglers, Dudes and Homesteaders: Stories from Montana's Swan Valley Lodges
Lindbergh Lake Lodge, Holland Lake Lodge and Gordon Ranch
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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
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