Sun Valley ‘s barn is one of those famous Chamber of Commerce Barns … hard to miss on a key highway between the lodge and town, beautifully lit and decorated throughout the winter. It reminds you of Sun Valley’s historic and rich past.
When the barn was built in the late 1880s, the town of Ketchum was the primary hub in Blaine County’s Wood River Valley, thanks to the mining industry. The Union Pacific Railroad helped create an extension and a second life in the mid-1930s.
The Railroad sent Count Felix Schaffgosch west to scout for location perfect for a destination ski resort – the first in the nation. Three days after arriving in the Wood River Valley the Count wired the site had been found … “this combines the more delightful features of any place I have seen in the United States, Switzerland, or Austria .” It was a couple of miles north of Ketchum and was named “Sun Valley.”
America’s first ski resort was a hit. Walk through the historic, heavily wooded lodge and you’ll find black and white photos of stars like Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman and Claudette Colbert.
Imagine … they drove by the same red barn and felt right at home too.
Elevations, floor plan and video tour in the works.