Celebrating 100 Years of Swan Valley Schools: 1918-2018


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Pictured L to R: County Superintendent of Schools Carolyn Frojen, Clerk June Underwood, School Board Trustee Marguerite Wilhelm and Teacher Mabel Carney. Circa late-1960s.

SWAN VALLEY - In upper Swan Valley the first schools were built in 1918 when a group of residents petitioned the Missoula County Superintendent of Schools requesting that the district be split at the Swan-Clearwater watershed divide. The Swan River watershed retained the School District #33 while the Clearwater watershed became School District #34.

Three one-room log school buildings were constructed near three tributaries of Swan River: Smith Creek, Rumble Creek and Elk Creek. To accommodate as many homestead children as possible these schools were located approximately three miles from ea...

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