Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Conditions of the sale

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


September 3, 2020

National Museum of Forest Service History archives

The 1907 Big Blackfoot Timber Sale contract gave broad supervisory and oversight powers to whichever Forest Service officer was in charge during the various phases of the three-year sale. Here Eugene S. Bruce takes notes as he looks over the cut area.

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 been researching 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.

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