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By Colleen Kesterson

Rustics Memories Shared

Upper Swan Valley Historical Society


Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder

Upper Swan Valley Historical Society president Steve Lamar speaking to a group of nearly 70 at the Rustics story telling and photo display event. Lamar told the audience that Rustics was started by Jim Busch in the late 1960s. The museum is housed in the building that once was the Rustics' office.

SWAN VALLEY - Nearly 65 people gathered on the lawn of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) museum June 3 to hear stories about the former Rustics of Lindbergh Lake (Rustics) from people who were employed by the log home company.

USVHS president Steve Lamar said log crafters started settling the Swan Valley one hundred years ago. He shared how Rustics got started when Jim Busch had an idea for a way to make a living and at the same time help valley residents gain employment.

Jim Busch came to the valley in the mid 1960s from New York state. He started his log home building bus...

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