The Little Snake River Museum hosts numerous historical buildings and exhibits depicting the history of this secluded ranching valley. First settled by Indians, then mountain-men and trappers and later by gold seekers and pioneer families, the valley has been a fertile oasis in an otherwise arid land. This rich history is preserved here at the little Snake River Museum for future generations to enjoy.
With two locations; the main museum in Savery and the Outlaw Stop in Baggs—along with the beautiful drive in between—visitors should plan to spend the whole day exploring the area, the collections, and the history of this western valley.
The main museum in Savery is located in the old Savery Schoolhouse. Each classroom hosts different exhibits: medical, military, mercantile, fashions, quilts and dolls and a very nice gift shop with over 270 different book titles: local and western history, cooking, children’s, fiction, guides books, maps and more.
Over the years historic buildings have been brought to the grounds and now the museum host seven historic structures and numerous other exhibit buildings. Nearly all of our buildings are handicapped accessible. The museum also has; a picnic area, public event room, public restrooms and plenty of easy parking.
Along with the pioneers who settled here, outlaws like Butch Cassidy and his gang frequented the area, enjoying both its remoteness and also its proximity to state lines; an outlaw could be in any of three states in less an hour or a day’s ride. Visit the Outlaw Stop in Baggs for stories on local outlaws and see what its feels like in the old jail-cell.
The Outlaw Stop in Baggs has the original Town Hall/Fire Station and two-cell Jail (all in one small building) along with the Mathew/Gaddis cabin; former residence, road house and outlaw hangout. Old photographs and letters tell the history of the area and a covered picnic area and gift shop selling; books, t-shirts and cards, and easy parking are also available.
Nearly everything in both locations has been donated or is on loan by generous local residents or their families. If you enjoy history, you will be amazed by our exhibits and the number of authentic items we have on display: