Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of the arrival of railroad transportation into Ketchum, Idaho, in 1884, The Community Library’s debut museum exhibition, Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley, opened Thursday, July 10, 2014. This premiere exhibit of the Sun Valley Museum of History (SVMoH) explains how the economic and sociocultural impacts of the railroad helped to shape the Wood River Valley. Museum visitors travel through various eras: from the prehistory of early peoples, to the history of mining and ranching, to the destination resort that Sun Valley is today. The railroad theme serves as the connection to understanding Sun Valley’s unique history.

This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the Wattis Dumke Foundation and the Idaho State Historical Society.







Beaded bag



Mining case

Assay case

Operational model railroad

Sun Valley artifacts

Sun Valley pamphlets