Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Tour looks back on 100 years of schooling in the Swan Valley

Part I of II


August 9, 2018

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

The old Salmon Prairie Schoolhouse has been converted into a residence. The porch area was added on later.

SWAN VALLEY – In 1918, Swan Valley residents built three one-room schoolhouses to accommodate their growing families and the influx of new pioneers. On Aug. 4, 100 years later, the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society invited residents and visitors to tour the valley and see what became of those and subsequent early school buildings. Some were destroyed, some repurposed and some are part of the valleys continuing education story.

Those first three schoolhouses were built near Swan River tributaries: Rumble Creek, Elk Creek and Smith Creek. An all too familiar chore for the older students...

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