Hot Springs County Historical Museum
In Hot Springs County, they take their museums seriously and the Hot Springs County Historical Museum in the heart of downtown Thermopolis is one seriously amazing place! In the museum, you’ll discover the most famous, or infamous, piece in the collection – the historic cherry wood bar from the old Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon. Old west history buffs have probably already made the connection, but for those unfamiliar with the local history, the term “hole-in-the-wall” is synonymous the the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, which was lead by Butch Cassidy and his second-in-command, the Sundance Kid. Butch Cassidy and his gang frequented the Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon and sat at this very bar during their train robbing heyday! Other museum pieces include antiques and artifacts from the Thermopolis region, period costumes and an impressive display of furs which were all worn by pioneers of the region. An authentic sightseeing wagon used in Yellowstone National Park around the turn of the century and a smaller buggy from the same period are also on display. Amble downstairs into a simulated frontier town with wooden plank sidewalks, a log cabin and a wildlife display. Even larger exhibits are located across the street from the museum including the actual Middleton School house which was transported from the Owl Creek area and preserved by the museum. In addition to the school house, there is a one-room “Depression House,” an array of antique farm machinery, and much more! The Hot Springs County Historical Museum is truly one of the must-see gems for any Thermopolis visitor!
Did you know . . .
Speaking of outlaws (Butch & Sundance), Thermopolis offers an annual Outlaw Trail Ride! That’s right. Every August, the Outlaw Trail Riders offer five to seven day trail rides that trace actual old west outlaw trails in the Thermopolis area! The first 25 adventurous souls to sign up are treated to the trail ride, tent sleeping under the stars, friendly guides loaded with lots of regional folk history, delicious food, and nightly entertainment! For more information call (307) 330-4350.