Artifacts are rotated frequently, but always reflect these exhibits and the flavor of Lemhi County, so it’s important to visit the museum often. If there is more information available on our website about a specific exhibit, you are able to click on that image to redirect you to that exhibit’s information.

The Lemhi Shoshone artifact exhibit showcases the largest extant collection of Lemhi Shoshoni artifacts. The Salmon, Lemhi, and Pahsimerai* valleys are the traditional homeland of the Lemhis (Agaidika or Salmon-Eaters) and an extensive collection of clothing, beadwork, arrowheads, and other implements detail their lives in these valleys.
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The ranching artifact exhibit depicts life in the American West, displaying historical implements, artifacts from everyday life, and a wide range of local historical photographs.

The Chinese artifact exhibit includes a number of artifacts from the local Chinese population as well as a collection of photographs. In Lemhi County, the Chinese arrived with the discovery of gold and moved throughout the region as ore deposits were located. In Salmon City, the Chinese established a small community where the Lemhi County Museum now stands, extending north approximately two blocks and west to the banks of the river.

The Ray Edwards Estate Exhibit displays Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan relics Edwards collected during a 1920s tour of Asia. In 1966, to commemorate the efforts of his mining and ranching ancestors, the Ray Edwards estate donated a collection of Asian artifacts and built the room in which they are exhibited.

The mining artifact exhibit depicts the history of the 1866 discovery of gold in the mountains above Salmon City and the community of miners, ranchers, and lumberman that was created along the banks of the Salmon River as well as the numerous other camps and towns throughout Lemhi County.

Bison Skull Discovery
Orlo Johnson, an avid outdoorsman and local historian, found this bison skull in 1964 on Grove Creek, a tributary of Timber Creek, while serving as District Ranger of Leadore. The skull dates to the mid-nineteenth century. This artifact was donated to the museum in 2009 by the Johnson children: Lynne, Rick, and Zuna.