This is a lightly edited and condensed version of Eddie Coyle's July Fourth story from 1964 provided by the Seeley Lake Historical Society and Visitors Center.

By Eddie Coyle

I was promoting one of our bigger celebrations for that year, and started preparing for it back in May.

The plans included a water carnival, slalom races, ski jumps, a Miss Seeley Lake bathing beauty contest, a Boat and Motor raffle and three nights of dancing with live music.

Two local carpenters with helpers built a water ski jump. It was huge, 12 feet wide and 16 feet long. They floated it out on the lake and anchored...


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