By Betty Vanderwielen

Tracing the Stage Route

Part II


Photo courtesy of UM, Mike Mansfield Library, Archives & Special Collections.

Bearing a U.S. Mail bag on top and the words Seeley Lake Stage on its back window, the Model A mail carrier dropped off and picked up mail at the Greenough Post Office on its route from Missoula to the Swan Valley.

Part I established the rusty Model A Ford in Dick Wolff's backyard is what remains of the 1930s mail delivery vehicle called the Seeley Lake Stage. That vehicle was outfitted by Orlie Coates with a snow mobile kit to make winter service possible in the Seeley Swan Valleys. After its stage career ended the Model A was taken apart, reportedly to make it into a tractor. Though that transformation never occurred, parts and pieces of the Model A were subsequently scattered from Swan Valley to Helena. The Wolff brothers have been chasing down both the pieces and the vehicle's history.

In the 1940...

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