Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Scaling issue finally resolved

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


October 29, 2020

National Museum of Forest Service History

Expert Lumberman Eugene S. Bruce brought a photographer to document his findings concerning the Seeley Lake Timber Sale dispute. He stands here next to a larch stump and discarded butt.

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.

SEELEY LAKE – While letters concerning the scaling contro...

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