Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Prologue to the Timber Sale

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


Provided by Archives & Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

Loggers driving logs down the river to the mill in Bonner.

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the Big Blackfoot Timber Sale of 1907-1910. Historian and member of the Camp Paxson Preservation Board Gary Williams has provided information about that sale. The Seeley Swan Pathfinder will be bringing some of the interesting bits of information he has discovered about logging in the Seeley Lake area and also about the fledgling U.S. Forest Service.

SEELEY LAKE – In 1905, lands that had been desi...

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