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By Betty Vanderwielen

Old road to Upper Swan presented challenges

Upper Swan Valley Historical Society – Roads and trails


August 26, 2021

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Leita (Clothier) Anderson shares stories of driving on the rough old dirt roads in the Upper Swan Valley during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

The third in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS).

CONDON – Upper Swan Valley Historical Society President Steve Lamar introduced speaker Leita Anderson by first explaining that in 1894 Charley Young, along with five other men, forged a route into the Upper Swan Valley extending from Ovando to Lion Creek. In 1917 a rough road was built between Lion Creek and Swan Lake.

Eighty-nine-year-old Leita Anderson provided stories of traveling on the old road from Swan Lake to Salmon Prairie.

Anderson was six years ol...

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