Seeley Lake historical society
and visitor center
The Seeley Lake Historical Museum first reopened the barn doors in 2001 after it had been salvaged, dismantled and moved from its original location.
The Double Arrow Ranch barn, built during the winter of 1929-30, met its demise in the 100-year winter of 1996-97. Its beginnings sheltered gentle horses and pioneer men and women that worked and invested their lives to settle a corner of the retreating wilderness.
The historic barn, moved less than a half-mile from its original site in Trail Creek Meadow, now houses the Seeley Lake Historic Museum and Visitor Center. The old barn continues to serve the needs of its surroundings, recalling the past while looking to the future of the Seeley Lake Area.
Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Montana Associations of Museums
Montana Historical Society
Seven double size (two horse) stalls are themed displays about our local cultural and natural resources.
Each stall, named after a team of horses which had occupied it, brings back memories for some and tweaks imagination for for others. .
JACK & JILL
Joe Waldbillig Homesteading Display
ACE & JOKER
Norman Maclean fire and fish display.
The Big Burn fire of 1910
POPCORN & PEANUTS
Cabin Fever Cures
EGGS AND BACON
Local business history Display
NIP AND TUCK
Old Time Logging
THUNDER & LIGHTENING
The glass doors on the east replaced the original large sliding door (still seen from the outside). Outside this door was the corral where the horses were kept before being turned out for the night.
When it was breakfast or dinner time, the wrangler would open the door and all of the horses would come clomping in, each to his assigned spot. As the names indicate, these were team horses and they were always used and fed in the same order. Left horse on the left ,right horse on the right, between them a small lodge pole chained to the feeder and dropping to the ground mimicking the tongue of a wagon or sleigh.
Downstairs: Museum and Historical Society office
Upstairs: Visitor center, Chamber, restrooms & community room
Old horse-drawn log haul wagon (orange)
Used to haul skidded logs to a mill or train
Gravel haul and spread wagon (green)
Used to spread gravel on roads and highways
Larch log cross section history pie
Created by the boy scouts to show the history
Used to hold a board, stood on for cutting big trees
Lewis and Clark botanical garden
Native plants from the L&C journey diaries
Blackfoot Indian lodge
Painted under the guidance of their medicine man
Found on the west side of Seeley on a homestead
Coming soon -- 100 yr old log cabin (in storage on the back of the property)
Maloney cabin was one of the original structures