• 1965 Polson's Third Bridge

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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.

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  • 1962 North Coast Limited Derailment

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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…

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  • 1969 Flathead Lake Showboat

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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 instr…

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  • 1911 (circa) Oregon "Peet" Creswell Family

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    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 Cressw…

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  • 1960 Buffalo Rapids Bridge

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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-desig…

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  • 1917 Homesteaders Picnic and Fish

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    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.

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  • 1911 "The Speed Boat of Them All"

    Thiri, Al

    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 McDo…

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  • 1960 Montana Gridlock

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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.

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  • 1974 Early Flathead Lake/Flathead Valley Promotional Materials

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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 r…

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  • 1913 Potential Investors

    Thiri, Al

    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 P…

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  • 1961 Reservation Pioneers

    Fugleberg, Paul

    The Reservation Pioneers group was organized in 1960. This picture shows members and friends in 1961 at Boettcher Park, Polson.

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  • 1990 (circa) Nip and Tuck, Animal Celebrities

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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 Tu…

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  • 1920 Cline's Flour Mill

    unknown

    Cline's Flour Mill was established in 1912 and produced Cline's Special Flour continuously until burning down on January 22, 1929.

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  • 1962 Icebreaker on Polson Bay

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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.

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  • 1913 - 1919 (circa) Logging Tug, The Kootenai

    unknown

    The logging tug Kootenai was among those serving on Flathead Lake in the 19-teens, pulling rafts of logs over the lake to mills.

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  • 1912 Polson Waterfront Grain Elevators

    Thiri, Al

    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.

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  • 1961 Fire Destroys the "MS Flathead" Tour Boat

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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 befo…

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  • 1959 Polson's Golden Jubilee

    Fugleberg, Paul

    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 Str…

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  • 1914 Polson Cowboy Band in Missoula

    Schnitzmeyer, Herman

    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, Monta…

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  • 1920 (circa) Polson Ukulele Ladies Band

    unknown

    The Polson Ukulele Ladies Band played for special occasions and for personal enjoyment.

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