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You've searched: Polson Area Historical Photographs - The Paul Fugleberg Collection

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    • 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...
    • 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 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...
    • 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 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 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 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.
    • 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."
    • 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 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 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...
    • 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 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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...
    • 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...
    • 1990 (circa) Nip and Tuck, Animal Celebrities

    • circa 1990
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Oxen
    • John and Dorla Scott of Charlo hitched up four of their six oxen for hay rides at the Western Montana Draft Horse and Mule Association's spring plowing bee near Polson. The teams were named Nip and Tuck l, ll, and lll. The animals made guest...
    • 1998 How It Used To Be Done

    • 1998
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Threshing machines; Threshing
    • Old-time threshing operations were noisy, dusty and labor intensive. In this demonstration, Pete Dupuis shows how it used to be done.
    • 1998 How It Used To Be Done

    • 1998
    • Lake County (Mont.); Polson (Mont.); Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Threshing machines; Threshing
    • Old-time threshing operations were noisy, dusty and labor intensive. In this demonstration, Pete Dupuis shows how it used to be done.

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