Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Pioneer Descendants Share Memories During Homestead Tour


August 10, 2017

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Barb Hill Raible stands in front of the sauna that was the first structure built by her grandparents when they prepared to "prove up" the Hill Homestead.

SWAN VALLEY – The more than 100 people who enjoyed the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's (USVHS) Homestead Tour Saturday, Aug. 5 had a variety of reasons for participating.

Some people wanted to know more about the valley's pioneer days because they live in the Condon or surrounding area. Some came because they grew up or once lived in the valley. At least one person came because he was interested in the building techniques used by the pioneers. No matter what the reason, people couldn't help but marvel at the fortitude and tenacity of those early homesteaders.

At each of the eight...

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