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    • 1865 (circa) David Polson

    • 1865
    • Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Ranching; David Polson
    • Polson's namesake was pioneer rancher David Polson, born in 1834 in New Haven, Connecticut. The exact date he and his wife, Mary Kane, arrived in the Polson area is unknown. Rancher Billy Irvine felt it was 1865. David Polson was said to have had...
    • 1886 Henry and Mattie Bartlett, Early Settlers

    • 1886
    • Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Settlers; Henry Bartlett; Mattie Bartlett
    • Henry and Mattie Bartlett and their 20-month-old son Charles arrived at Lambert's Landing (later Polson) in February. They were en route to visit Henry's brother, Jim, at the north end of Flathead Lake. However, the lake was still frozen over and...
    • 1890 (circa) Early Trading Post at Polson

    • 1890
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Trading posts; Museums
    • This early-day trading post at what is now Polson, Montana, has been moved to the Polson-Flathead Historical Museum where it has been set up as an example of what the area's early trading posts looked like.
    • 1908 Roundup of the Pablo-Allard Buffalo Herd

    • 1908
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); American bison farming; Michel Pablo
    • Michel Pablo looks over some of his bison, which were rounded up, sold, and shipped to the Canadian government between 1907 and 1912. Pablo and Charles Allard purchased ten bison. By 1907, the herd numbered over 700. Allard died in 1896 and the...
    • 1909 Allard Stage Line Coach

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Rural transportation; Stagecoaches
    • Driver Joe Allard stops his stagecoach run near Polson for the photograper. The Allard Stage ran between Ravalli and Polson the first few years of the Homestead Era.
    • 1909 Before the Bridge

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Ferries
    • In 1909, the year before the first bridge was constructed across the Flathead River at the lake's outlet, the Polson Steam Ferry provided travelers a means to cross the river -- weather permitting.
    • 1909 First Combine of the Flathead Reservation

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Combine harvesters; Connerley brothers
    • The Connerley Brothers brought the first combine to the Flathead Reservation for the 1909 harvest, according to the notes on the back of this photo. Driver for the 26 horses was Ellis Connerley; machine man was Dick Connerley; and sewing sacks was...
    • 1909 Polson, Montana, Stagecoach Station

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Transportation; Stagecoaches; Stagecoach stations
    • The Allard Stagecoach carried passengers from the Northern Pacific Railroad stop at Ravalli, Montana, to Polson on Flathead Lake, where they could connect with steamboats coming from Somers at the north end of the lake. Here the stagecoach stops at...
    • 1909 Polson's Main Street

    • 1909
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.)
    • When the Flathead Indian Reservation was open to homesteading in 1910, the townsite of Polson already had been platted and a number of commercial buildings were built.
    • 1910 (circa) Early-day Indian Encampment Near Polson

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    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Camping grounds
    • A 1910 Indian encampment at Polson's first bridge shows the city across the river.
    • 1910 "Eva B" Gasoline Launch

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • The gasoline-powered "Eva B" was one of the smaller, yet faster passenger boats on Flathead Lake. The "Eva B." took part in Flathead Lake's first air/sea (lake) rescue. Pilot Terah T. Maroney and crew were stuck on Little Bull Island by high...
    • 1910 First Bridge at Polson

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Bridges
    • The divided approach to the main bridge at Polson was the result of a controversy between merchants who wanted a single approach from their street. After several days of haggling, a divided approach was agreed upon.
    • 1910 Flathead Lake Steamboat Freight and Passenger Station

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Steamboats; Docks
    • The Flathead Lake steamer "Montana" carried freight and passengers to Somers, Dayton, and Rollins during the Homestead Era. This photo shows the steamer's dock area at Polson.
    • 1910 Full Service Ticket Office

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Steamboats; Docks
    • The Flathead Transportation Company's office was a busy place during the steamboat era on Flathead Lake. This waterfront office handled ticket sales, checked baggage, and provided express service for travelers at the Polson dock area.
    • 1910 Ice Harvesting

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Ice
    • In the days before modern refrigeration methods, ice was harvested from Polson Bay by cutting chunks and then taking it by horse-drawn sleighs to sites where it would be stored under layers of sawdust.
    • 1910 Load of Grain

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Grain--transportation
    • Patrons of the Grand View Hotel in Polson, Montana, had a good view of wagon traffic going to and from the nearby city docks.
    • 1910 Mattie Cowman, Flathead Courier Founder

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Newspapers; Flathead Courier; Mattie Cowman
    • The founder of the Flathead Courier in 1910 was Mattie Cowman, and her son, Claude, was editor. The Courier was actually the second weekly in Polson. The first was the Lake Shore Sentinel.
    • 1910 One of the First Cars to Visit Polson

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Ferries; Automobiles
    • One of the earliest automobiles to visit Polson uses a raft ferry to cross the Flathead River before the bridge was built.
    • 1910 Post Office in Ravalli, Montana

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Post office stations and branches; Mail service
    • Is the U.S. mail coming or going -- or both? Mail time seemed to draw a crowd.
    • 1910 Pre-dinner Washup Time

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Homesteading; Lula Mae Mansur
    • A typical homestead pre-dinner washup area is shown here. The water pitcher and wash basin were located just outside the kitchen door on the Lula Mae Mansur homestead near Polson, Montana.
    • 1910 Security State Bank, Polson, Montana

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Banking
    • J.A. Johnson and H.S. Hanson started the Security State Bank in Polson in 1910. It was actually the third bank in the young city. Johnson and Hanson operated the bank until 1953 when J. Hilbert (Hib) Hanson purchased J.A. Johnson's stock...
    • 1910 Southbound Stage

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Stagecoaches; Stagecoach lines
    • An early stagecoach leaves Polson for Ronan, Mission (St. Ignatius), and Ravalli.
    • 1910 Steamer "Klondike" Initiates Service on Flathead Lake

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Boats and boating; Steamboats
    • Initiation of Klondike service on Flathead Lake was a big day at the city docks in Polson, Montana. Throngs of people turned out; even the band was aboard.
    • 1910 The Mansur Brothers

    • 1910
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Settlers; Mansur brothers
    • The Mansur Brothers - from left, Guy, Charlie and Henry - came to Polson from Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1910. Charlie became Polson's first elected mayor. Guy served in the state legislature, and Henry returned to Missouri. Their sister, Lula...
    • 1911 (circa) Oregon "Peet" Creswell Family

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Cresswell family
    • Oregon "Peet" Cresswell was a drayman. He would meet steamboats at docks with his freight wagon and haul baggage and freight to Polson area destinations. Here he is shown with his family at the Cresswell home in Polson.
    • 1911 "The Speed Boat of Them All"

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • The gasoline launch "City of Polson" was popular with folks in a hurry. As the steamboat era neared its end, the "City of Polson" was stripped of excessive weight and sailed, pushed and pulled up McDonald Creek to Lake McDonald in Glacier National...
    • 1911 Homestead Shower Facility

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading
    • While not the fanciest plumbing fixture, this shower built over a flowing spring on the Bjorge homestead in Garcon Gulch got the job done.
    • 1911 Horse-drawn Harvesting

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Harvesting
    • Horse-drawn harvesting was par for the course during the early Homestead Era near Polson.
    • 1911 Ice Jam on Flathead Lake

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Ice on rivers, lakes, etc.
    • The ice really piled up near the Flathead River's outlet on Flathead Lake in 1911.
    • 1911 Marketing Grain with Gas Power

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Wheat trade; Lake steamers
    • A gas-powered tractor pulls a train of grain wagons up Polson's Main Street, heading to the waterfront freight docks on Flathead Lake. There the wheat would be shipped by lake steamer to Somers to be loaded onto freight cars on the Great Northern...
    • 1911 Teaming the Bull West

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Draft animals; Bulls; Carts and wagons; Frontier and pioneer life; Homesteading
    • Wagons were pulled by various animals during the Homestead Era in Polson, Montana. Al Thiri labeled this photo "Teaming the Bull West."
    • 1911 Turkey Herder

    • 1911
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Turkeys; Morris Bjorge
    • Morris Bjorge had a lot of turkeys to keep track of on the family's Garcon Gulch homestead.
    • 1912 (circa) Polson Creamery

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Creameries
    • Farmers and ranchers brought their dairy products to the Polson Creamery for processing and marketing. The creamery was located partly on property that is now the First Citizens Bank parking lot in Polson.
    • 1912 (circa) The Cramer Brothers

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Sawmills; Cramer Brothers
    • From left are George Van Hellen (half-brother), Emmet J. Cramer (EJ), Wilsie M. Cramer (Bill), Sylvenus Cramer (Vene), Benjamin Cramer (Ben) and Chester Cramer (Chet). The Cramers were sawmill operators in the Polson area. This picture was taken...
    • 1912 Cobbler and Customers

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Cobblers; Shoe shops
    • A couple of customers patiently await the cobbler's repairs on shoes in his Polson shoe shop.
    • 1912 Dewey Lumber Company Mill

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Dewey Lumber Company
    • Waterfront land now occupied by KwaTaqNuk Best Western Resort and Convention Center was once the site of the Dewey Lumber Company's mill.
    • 1912 Polson Motor Stage

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Rural transportation
    • Ready for departure to points south from Polson is this group of auto stage riders. The driver is Tom Parsons. Passengers probably were a bit dustier by the time they arrived at their destinations between Polson and Ravalli.
    • 1912 Polson Waterfront Grain Elevators

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Grain elevators, Flour mills
    • These grain elevators were situated right above the Polson city docks. At left is the elevator owned by the Kalispell Flour Company. On the right is the Stanley Scearce grain elevator.
    • 1912 State's Longest  Bridge

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Bridges--Montana
    • Polson's infamous wooden bridge with a "Y" approach at the city end was the state's longest bridge when it was built in 1910. It served until being replaced in 1928. The "Y" approach was the result of a squabble between merchants on the two...
    • 1912 The Popular Steamer Klondike

    • 1912
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating; Steamboats; Lake steamers
    • During the Homestead Era, the popular lake steamboat "Klondike" provided the connecting link between Polson and the railroad at Somers. It was also chartered for special occasions. It could carry 425 passengers and over 100 tons of freight. ...
    • 1913 - 1919 (circa) Logging Tug, The Kootenai

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    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Logging; Work boats; Tugboats
    • The logging tug Kootenai was among those serving on Flathead Lake in the 19-teens, pulling rafts of logs over the lake to mills.
    • 1913 All Eyes Skyward!

    • 1913
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.) Lake steamers; Float planes
    • Terah T. Maroney soars above excursionists on the steamer "Klondike" on Flathead Lake during an historic exhibition float plane flight. It was billed weeks ahead as the first float plane flight from the northwest and drew many spectators.
    • 1913 Irvine Flats School Social Gathering

    • 1913
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Country schools
    • The Irvine Flats area had a lot of people in the early Homestead Era. This picture shows a social gathering at the school. The teacher there was Winifred Henderson.
    • 1913 Potential Investors

    • 1913
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Tugboats
    • Potential investors in villa sites gather on and around the logging tug "Defiance." The woman on the bow is Dorris Harbert. Next to her is her father, James Harbert, prominent Polson businessman and Polson booster, who is making a speech while the...
    • 1914 "City of Dixon," Ill-fated River Boat

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Boats and boating; River boats
    • Originally announced it would be launched in 1912, the riverboat "City of Dixon" encountered numerous delays before the maiden voyage was made in June 1914. The boat made only a few trips between Dixon and Sloan's Ferry on the Flathead River,...
    • 1914 It Must be Sunday

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading
    • No work today. These family members were decked out in their Sunday clothes as they posed for Dad to take their photo in the Mountain View area south of Polson.
    • 1914 Polson Cowboy Band in Missoula

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Cowboys--songs and music; Bands
    • Proudly proclaiming that "Polson Does Things," the Polson Cowboy Band marched in the 1914 Missoula Stampede. Older members of the group, before after-hours celebrating, made sure minor age musicians avoided trouble. They took the boys' pants and...
    • 1914 Polson Cowboy Band in Missoula

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Missoula (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Cowboys--songs and music; Bands
    • The Polson Cowboy Band members promoted Polson as the city that "does things" as they participated in parades and celebrations in various Montana communities. Here the band is shown in Missoula, Montana, during the 1914 Missoula Stampede.
    • 1914 Threshing Preparations

    • 1914
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Homesteading; Threshing
    • Threshing operations during the Homestead Era involved the entire family plus horses, machinery, hired hands and neighbors.
    • 1915 (circa) Informal Jam Session

    • circa 1915
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Instrumental music; Bands
    • Informal instrumental music was provided by Herman Schnitzmeyer, left, Mr. Hogan, center, and Bill Skog, right, possibly in the Lake Hotel in Polson. Contents of the trio's jug is unknown.
    • 1915 (circa) Winter Ice Skating on Flathead Lake

    • 1915
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Ice skating
    • Ice skating was a popular winter activity on Flathead Lake when the weather was cold enough for the bays to freeze over.
    • 1915 Herman Schnitzmeyer, Homesteader-Photographer

    • 1915
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Wild Horse Island (Mont.); Photographers; Herman Schnitzmeyer
    • Polson's famous Homestead Era photographer made this self-portrait near the end of a winter on his Wild Horse Island homestead. He told friends he almost starved to death. He later proved up on the homestead, then moved to Polson to start his...
    • 1916 (circa) Main Ditch, Valley View, near Polson, Montana

    • 1913
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Ditches; Irrigation
    • Manpower and animals bore a good share of ditch digging responsibilities in constructing the irrigation canal in the Valley View area near Polson.
    • 1916 Former Hotel Becomes Hospital

    • 1916
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Hospitals
    • Three nuns from the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, encouraged to come to Polson by Father William O'Maley, arrived in Polson September 11, 1916, but couldn't find a place to stay. So they converted the East Side (Polson) Hotel into a...
    • 1916 Polson High School Orchestra

    • 1916
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); High school student activities; Orchestras and bands
    • The Polson High School orchestra must have practiced in the math room, judging by the work on the blackboard.
    • 1916 Shipment of New Model T Fords

    • 1916
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Ford Model T automobile
    • At Silver's garage in Polson, these new 1916 Model T Fords are almost ready to hit the road. They're waiting for fenders to be attached. Most of the other accessories have been added -- windshields, lights, wheels, etc.
    • 1917 Homesteaders Picnic and Fish

    • 1917
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Pioneer picnics
    • Sunday picnics after church were popular in the Polson area. This group, still dressed in their church clothes, was enjoying the North Crow Creek area.
    • 1918 (circa) Col. A. A. White, Villa Site Entrepreneur

    • 1918
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Rural development
    • Col. A. A. White, the man in the stern, bought many Flathead Lake villa sites and tried to sell them. Though he did sell quite a few, many were lost to federal and county governments for nonpayment of taxes. Quite the promoter, he conducted...
    • 1918 Playing Soldier in World War l

    • 1918
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Children--clothing
    • This young Polson resident liked to play soldier in his outfit, fortunately a long way from the trenches of World War l.
    • 1918 Polson High School Girls' Basketball Team

    • 1918
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); High school sports; Girls' basketball
    • Here are members of the 1918 girls' basketball team at Polson High School. From left are Harriet Brown, Alpha Sallie, Hortence Stoughton, Opal Collins, and Vera Gibbs.
    • 1919 The Alfalfa Club

    • 1919
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Homesteading; Alfalfa Club
    • The Alfalfa Club was comprised of homesteaders and their sons who were given advice on raising alfalfa. Quite a collectiion of hats men and boys wore in those days.
    • 1920 (circa) Polson Ukulele Ladies Band

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Frontier and pioneer life; Ukulele music; Bands
    • The Polson Ukulele Ladies Band played for special occasions and for personal enjoyment.
    • 1920 Cline's Flour Mill

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flour mills
    • Cline's Flour Mill was established in 1912 and produced Cline's Special Flour continuously until burning down on January 22, 1929.
    • 1920 Flathead Lake Steamer "Montana"

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Lake steamers; Stern-wheelers
    • The lake steamer "Montana" approaches The Narrows on Flathead Lake en route from Somers to Polson. The "Montana" was a popular freight/passenger stern-wheeler that operated during the Homestead Era on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
    • 1920 Montana Bankers Association Convention

    • 1920
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Lake steamers
    • The big drawing card for the 1920 Montana Bankers Association convention was an excursion on the lake steamer "Klondike." Looks like the entire crowd boarded the boat on June 7th that year for an excursion around Flathead Lake.
    • 1921 Pend Oreille River Rapids

    • 1921
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Pend Oreille River; River rapids
    • These rapids are now covered by water backed up by Kerr Dam two to three miles downsteam from Polson. The river is now known as the Flathead River.
    • 1922 Fresh Air Taxi

    • 1922
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Fourth of July celebrations; Taxicabs
    • Fourth of July parades in Polson have attracted many unusual automotive entries over the years.
    • 1922 Independence Day Parade

    • 1922-07-04
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Fourth of July celebrations; Parades
    • The 1922 Fourth of July parade in Polson featured wagons, a stagecoach, and lots of horses, led by an Indian woman pulling a travois.
    • 1922 Indian Encampment

    • 1922
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Fourth of July celebrations; Camping grounds
    • A July 2-4 celebration in 1922 featured a huge parade, pow wow, ball game and more at Polson. The two large buildings in the center background are the flour mills. Both structures were destroyed by fire in 1929.
    • 1922 Kootenai Chief Koostahtah -- Envisioning the Future?

    • 1922
    • Flathead County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Chief Koostahtah
    • Kootenai Chief Koostahtah posed for many Schnitzmeyer photos, including this one at the head of the "Royal Gorge" of the Flathead River, now covered by the backwaters of Kerr Dam.
    • 1959 "Flathead Sturgeon"

    • 1959
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • While catching a sturgeon in the lake has been debatable for years, there's no doubt that this "Flathead Sturgeon" came off Flathead Lake! This old boat used to adorn the banks near the city docks at Polson.
    • 1959 Long-time Landmark

    • 1959
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Grain elevators
    • This aging grain elevator at the north end of Polson towered above the steamboat docks for many years. The landmark was razed shortly after this picture was taken.
    • 1959 or 1960 Northern Pacific Transport Co. Bus Service

    • 1959
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Buses; Bus stations
    • When Northern Pacific suspended rail passenger service, it was replaced by bus service. Here driver Earl Cleveland stands by the bus on its final run between Missoula and Polson.
    • 1959 Polson's Golden Jubilee

    • 1959
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Stagecoaches; Joe Allard
    • Joe Allard posed in the driver's seat of his old stagecoach in 1959 to publicize Polson, Montana's, coming Golden Jubilee celebration. Joe was in his 90s at the time this picture was taken on Main Street.
    • 1960 Buffalo Rapids Bridge

    • 1960
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Bridges
    • Buffalo Rapids Bridge connected Valley View on the east side of the Flathead River to Irvine Flats on the west side. The old wooden structure served for many years. It was replaced with a modern-design bridge in the 1970s.
    • 1960 Montana Gridlock

    • 1960
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Sheep herding
    • Vehicle traffic on Highway 93 and Second Street East in Polson slowed to a crawl as this sheepherder led the woolies to a new grazing area.
    • 1960 Mount McDonald - The "Sheep's Head"

    • 1960
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness (Mont.); Mountain peaks; Irrigation canals and flumes--Montana
    • Backcountry lanes are fun to follow - if you don't meet an oncoming car. Looming over the irrigation canal road is the tallest mountain in the Mission Range - the "Sheep's Head," poking its nose into centuries-old glacial snow.
    • 1960 Polson Golden Jubilee Boat Parade

    • 1960
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • Polson's Golden Jubilee celebration in 1960 featured a parade of boats led by Stan Koss's cruise boat, the "MS Flathead." The cruise boat once cruised St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park. Koss purchased the craft in the 1950's, reconfigured...
    • 1961 (circa) Ice-breaking Work Boat

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Work boats; Icebreaking boats
    • This aerial view shows Frank Hodge's work boat, the "Hodge," breaking a trail through ice to prevent an ice jam from forming and damaging the wood piling bridge at Flathead Lake's outlet at Polson.
    • 1961 Fire Destroys the "MS Flathead" Tour Boat

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • The former Glacier National Park tour boat "St. Mary" was brought to Polson in the early 1950s, redesigned and named the "MS Flathead," and used for tourist cruises until burning in 1961, the day before tourist season opened. It was a sad day when...
    • 1961 Flathead Lake Cherry Orchard

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Fruit orchards; Sweet cherry; Blossoms
    • A big summer attraction on Flathead Lake's east shore is the annual sweet cherry crop. The first cherry orchard dates back to 1893, when Mrs. John Wood and her sister, Mrs. Margaret Estey, set out the first cherry trees on the Wood property,...
    • 1961 Reservation Pioneers

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Settlers
    • The Reservation Pioneers group was organized in 1960. This picture shows members and friends in 1961 at Boettcher Park, Polson.
    • 1961 Sundown Along the Trail

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Cattle ranching; Cattle drives; Cowboys
    • June 1961 marked the forty-third year that owners of the Melton Ranch near Sloan's Bridge, west of Ronan, trail-drove their cattle for three days to summer grazing near Lake Mary Ronan. Camp was set up at Buffalo Bridge after a thunderstorm had...
    • 1961 Treasure State Publishing Building

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Publishing; Newspaper publishing
    • Treasure State Industries, a holding company with several diversified businesses in Montana, had this building constructed in 1959 to house the printing plant, office supply store, and office of the Flathead Courier in Polson. In 1961, the...
    • 1961 What Railroad is This?

    • 1961
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Railroad cars; Spelling errors
    • Someone got his hands crossed while putting up the lettering panels on this chip car at the old Cascades Plywood Company in Polson. The railroad, the plywood plant and three major lumber mills are now things of the past in the Polson area.
    • 1962 Icebreaker on Polson Bay

    • 1962
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Icebreaking boats; Work boats
    • Cold winter caused Polson Bay to freeze over, and the work boat, SS Hodge, made the initial pass to Polson from the Narrows in the spring.
    • 1962 North Coast Limited Derailment

    • 1962
    • Missoula County (Mont.); Railroad trains -- Accidents; Derailments
    • Derailment of the Northern Pacific Railroad's North Coast Limited was one of the top stories in Polson's Flathead Courier in June 1962. The passenger train was descending Evaro Hill near Missoula when possible brake failure caused it to approach a...
    • 1964 Celebrating Montana's Territorial Centennial

    • 1964
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Centennial celebrations
    • Polson grade school students and their teachers dressed up in old-time clothes as part of the Montana Territorial Centennial celebration in 1964.
    • 1965 Kerr Dam -- Higher than Niagara Falls

    • 1965
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Kerr Dam (Mont.)
    • Kerr Dam's gates are open to allow the maximum volume of runoff for mountain and valley snowpack each spring. The dam is on the Flathead River near Polson.
    • 1965 Polson's Third Bridge

    • 1965
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead River (Mont.); Bridges--Montana
    • Polson's second wood bridge was replaced with this modern structure in 1965. Soon after construction, lights were installed. It was renamed the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in 2007.
    • 1969 Flathead Lake Showboat

    • 1969
    • Montana -- (Lake County); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Showboats; Barges
    • During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Polson-area citizens staged an old-fashioned showboat program aboard the SS Hodge construction boat. There were singers, dancers, a Dixieland band, various instrumental soloists and small groups, and...
    • 1969 The Pony Palace

    • 1969
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Rodeos; Arenas; Walt Vermedahl
    • Walt Vermedahl poses by the ill-fated Pony Palace during preparations for its grand opening October 18 - 25, 1969. Planned for the opening were rodeos, o-mok-sees, horse shows, a dog show, archery contest, hobby and produce sale, equipment...
    • 1971 Plywood Manufacturing Plant

    • 1971
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Plywood
    • 1971 aerial view showing Polson's major manufacturing area (outlined in black). That was the site of Montana's first plywood company. Formed in 1954 as Polson Plywood Co., a series of changes began in 1959 as the plant was purchased by Cascades...
    • 1974 Early Flathead Lake/Flathead Valley Promotional Materials

    • 1974
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Museum exhibits
    • During the Homestead Era, promotional materials stirred interest in would-be farmers, ranchers, business owners, and tourists. Col. A. A. White purchased numerous villa sites and advertised them for re-sale. He arranged steamboat and auto tours...
    • 1980 Mount St. Helens Dust

    • 1980-05-19
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); St Helens, Mount (Wash.); Volcanic ash
    • On May 18, 1980, at 8:00 a.m., Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted. By the next morning Polson and area were cloaked in ash. This picture shows the tour boat "Retta Mary" at the Polson city docks.
    • 1984 Port Polson Princess

    • 1984
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Flathead Lake (Mont.); Boats and boating
    • After the tour boat "Retta Mary" moved to Somers in the 1980s, she was succeeded by the "Port Polson Princess," financed by a group of Polson business people. Later operated by KwaTaqNuk Best Western Resort in Polson, the Princess has been...
    • 1986 Lincoln School Building on Fourth Avenue East, Polson, Montana

    • 1986
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Schools
    • Built in 1922 for $61,604.54, the Lincoln School had 10 classrooms, a kindergarten room, a basement gym in which high school basketball games were played, and a 400-seat auditorium. After the high school burned in 1929, Lincoln accommodated high...

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