Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Ross continues complaints about scaling

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


November 12, 2020

National Museum of Forest Service History

This photo, taken by Walter Lubken and labeled "Proper Location of Skidway, Big Blackfoot Timber Sale 1908" is one of the many photos from the Seeley Lake sale that later became teaching tools for the Forest Service. This one carried the subtitle "Good work, a skidway located in a natural opening where no cutting of trees was necessary."

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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