Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
Swan Valley Museum sign
Family with trout catch

Russ Fox, O-Mok-See, 1952.
​Papke Collection.

Man on horseback
Swan Valley Centre postcard

Selish-Ql'ispe Place Names Map

Swan Peak, mountain in Swan Valley, Montana
Leonard Moore
The Gathering Place book cover

October 20
Annual board meeting at Museum, noon - 1 pm

Doris Holmes and horse Roxy.
​Holmes-Krause Collection.

Swan Valley Museum cabins
Watercolor painting of Swan Valley Family Tree
Watercolor of Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch
Front cover of USVHS Summer 2022 newsletter

Goat Creek Station, 1949.  Papke Photo.

National Geographic Map Guide Destination
Family with trout catch

The Gathering Place: Swan Valley’s Gordon Ranch

Ethel and Alice Brunson at homestead cabin
Explore Montana 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 Explore MontanaTM app to access photos, audio, video and written descriptions. The self-guided tour is funded by Preserve Montana.


Search for Explore Montana on the App Store or Google Play and download.

Swan Valley Place Names map

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project audio transcripts online

October 8-9
Tour of the Arts at Museum

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

Swan Valley Centre postcard by Larry Dodge.
​MacQuarrie Collection.

Trout caught from Kraft Lake. Ken Wolff, Tommy Nelson, Bud Wolff, ​Linda Nelson, Dick, Lena, and Nancy Wolff, 1955. Wolff Collection.

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.

Museum Hours

Year-round by appointment
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