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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...
    • 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.
    • 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 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 "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 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 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 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 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) 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 1996 Mission Valley and Historic Sign

    • 1996
    • Lake County (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Mission Valley (Lake County (Mont.); Signs and signboards
    • This Highway Department historic marker on Post Creek Hill gives a brief description of early days in the development of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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