Missoula International Airport

5225 Highway 10 West
Missoula, Montana 59808

Splendid Was The Trail - Photos of the National Forests


"Splendid Was The Trail" - A photographic display of the work of forester-artist, K.D. Swan.  On extended loan from the USDA Forest Service Northern Region, travelers can view this magnificent photograph collection, in the hallway and in the departure area, on the Airport's upper level. The retrospective was produced by the Forest Service Regional Office for the celebration of their Centennial in 2005.

Kenneth Dupee Swan (1889-1970) photographed the Northwest in the early part of the 20th century.  During his career with the USDA Forest Service from 1911 to 1947, he captured the face of public lands, revealing their wildness and value to the American public. 

Swan's first job with the Forest Service was as a forest assistant with the Northern Region.  The work took him to every corner of the Region - small settlements in the outback of Montana, to heavily timbered forests in northern Idaho, to the Badlands of the Dakotas.  Later his work centered on public education and photography.