Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Seeley Lake logs impact Great Flood of 1908

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


October 15, 2020

Printed with permission Montana. Archives & Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

A view of the great log jam on the Blackfoot River after the flood of June 7, 1908. Image entitled ""Log jam looking south from center"" from the series ""Missoula Through the Stereoscope."" The buildings in the background are possibly part of the mill near 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 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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