Contributors - North Lake County Public Library

North Lake County Public Library provides a welcoming, contemporary center of literacy and lifelong learning for all users.

  • We strive to nurture a desire to read among children and youth and to awaken in them an appreciation for libraries.
  • We provide free access to an enlightening collection, resources in varied formats, and current technology, made available by a knowledgeable, courteous staff.

Polson Area Historical Photographs - Paul Fugleberg Collection

This unique collection contains significant photographs of Polson, Montana, and the surrounding areas from 1865 to 1998. The items were collected for more than 50 years by Paul Fugleberg (1930-2017), Polson historian, freelance photojournalist, and co-owner, publisher, and editor of the weekly Flathead Courier newspaper from 1963 to 1980. Many of the photos are his own. The collection depicts local people, landscapes and landmarks, recreation, tourism, transportation, Native American culture, agriculture, and the Homestead Era. 

Polson's Early Newspapers - The Flathead Courier and The Lake Shore Sentinel

This newspaper is available on Montana Newspapers

Early-day Polson, Montana, located on the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake, boasted two weekly newspapers, The Flathead Courier and The Lake Shore Sentinel. Their small-town stories and articles, pictures, and ads for long-ago products and businesses give a clear glimpse into Polson/Lake County life during the early years of the twentieth century. Both newspapers show the vibrant history of this prospering Montana location. In 1911, The Lake Shore Sentinel consolidated with The Flathead Courier. World news continued to mingle with local editorial comments, homestead news, school happenings, births and deaths, and farm and ranch news, along with details like stage coach and ferry schedules.