Founded in 1880, Ketchum started out as a mining town, eventually becoming a center for livestock trade. Later, it became a hot spot for the rich and famous who took advantage of the area's mountains and breathtaking natural terrain. The author Earnest Hemingway was a great fan of the area, and is fondly remembered in the area through memorials. As with many tourist destinations in the west, Ketchum offers a well-rounded menu of activities, which include outdoor sports as well as a lively arts scene.
The rich history of the town has been preserved in its many museums, including a history museum at the local library, plus the Ore Wagon Museum which allows visitors to inspect some truly remarkable vehicles that were used back in the town's mining days. Other options for tourists include a visit to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden or the Gail Severn Gallery to view an ever-changing art collection.
Ernest Hemingway Memorial: A simple granite monument to the late author can be found about a mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge on Trail Creek Road. There is no charge to visit.
The Community Library's Sun Valley Museum of History: Learn about the history of the area and its ski culture at this community museum. Exhibits rotate regularly, and examine the way Ketchum and Sun Valley have changed from a mining and railroad town to an exciting tourist destination.
Gail Severn Gallery: This gallery attracts artists from around the world. Exhibits vary in medium and period, but always offer visitors the chance to encounter amazing art. After viewing the indoor exhibits, take a stroll in the outdoor sculpture garden.
Sawtooth Botanical Garden: Sawtooth incorporates multiple gardens to suit every interest and preference. Enjoy local wildflowers or an Asian inspired garden built in honor of the Dali Lama. Educational programming is offered for children and adults.
Ore Wagon Museum: Back when Ketchum was a mining town, specially designed large wagons were needed to haul gold and silver. Ketchum is now home to seven Lewis Ore Wagons, which were driven by 18 horses.
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160 2nd St East Ste 101Ketchum, ID 83340208-726-5111
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