Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Adding to the History of the Valley


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Mike Williams sits at his refinished bar. He has done all the wood work and collected all the memorabilia. Over Mike's right shoulder is the first electric cash register from the Mercantile in Seeley Lake. Barbed wire from a defunct prison camp in Siberia, knives with sheaths made of walrus hide and artifacts from a battlefield in the 1800s found by his father decorate the bar.

SWAN VALLEY - Nine years ago, Mike Williams and his wife Mia purchased what used to be known as the Wilderness Bar and Café and later Montana Charlie's south of Condon at mile marker 36.5 on Highway 83. They have recreated the bar and turned it into a functional museum. They also added on to the restaurant, making it their home. The Williamses offer tours and will rent the place out for parties and gatherings.

In the 1940s, Babe Wilhelm homesteaded on the land and started The 33 Bar. The land also had a gravel pit on Highway 83.

Right after World War II the Wilhelms told Mike's father Bob...

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