Seeley Lake historical society
Mildred Chaffin was the ultimate storyteller, using her own life and history to view the history she lived. Growing up poor, having children young, being widowed, outfitting in its heyday, making do, and enjoying the life she had.
The Seeley Lake Area Self Guided Tour of Historical and Scenic Sites begins at the corner of Boy Scout Rd (south end) and Highway 83 (formerly Highway 66) past historic points up into the Jocko Lakes fire and back down through Dogtown on Riverview Dr to the highway.
This is a tour around the perimeter of Seeley Lake. During the summer there are markers on the edge of the lake that match the guide. Where did Seely live, the timber landing, the historic exit of the river, first cabins on the lake and more.
The SOS Society's intention was not to write a history, but to give recognition to those who endured the hardships encountered in developing our country. They wanted to present a word picture of life in Western Montana before the forests were pushed back, before the homesteaders' cabin fell to make way for today's comfortable homes before there were roads, and telephones and electric lights.
Cabin Fever is a collection of short stories assembled by the Seeley Lake Writers Club to showcase the community from a historical point of view.
Warren Skillicorn was a long time resident of Woodworth, a small community south and east of Seeley Lake a few miles. Woodworth was the terminus of one of the Big Blackfoot Milling train spur lines and the first place that enjoyed the privilege of the railroad library car (now restored at the Missoula County museum in Missoula). The Skillicorn family at lived on one small ranch in what today is known as Skilliville.
This two cassette set has readings, interviews and reflections with John and Norman Maclean about the influence of the Big Blackfoot River on their family. $14.95
A journal of one man's move to the Swan Valley nearly 50 years ago and illuminating the connections between and and nature.