Visit the Mammoth Museum at Hayden Cabin

Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin –  Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. through the end of September.

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Located at 5489 Sherwin Creek Road, come experience the rich cultural heritage of Mammoth Lakes. Take a peek into a historic log cabin featuring mining implements and exhibits, photographs and intriguing memorabilia from the area’s early decades.

This year features two new exhibits! Admission is free, however a $2.00 per person donation is suggested. Year round memberships and donations are appreciated! CONTACT INFO: (760) 934-6918 Facebook:


The Southern Mono Historical Society (SMHS) would like to thank our small, but mighty crew of faithful helpers in setting up, decorating, serving food, cleaning up and tearing down of our summer events so far this season at the Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

We couldn’t have done it without all of you! For our 17 th Annual Country Western Dance & BBQ which took place on June 27th , our only major fundraiser of the summer, we thank the following: four of the LDS Elders, Jim Beaver, Russ and Miss Lilly Ferguson, Sharon & Bob Cox caterers, bartender Steve Wetherwax, line dancing instructor and birthday girl Tina Sauser, Connor Craig, Nikki Goodwin, The Rafters for ice, Mammoth Museum Curator Mark Davis and members of our Board of Directors; Robert & Sue Joki, Bill & Chris Sauser, Jon Goodwin, Dinah Frincke-Craig, Dave Harvey and Barbara Richter.

Also a shout out of thanks to the Lions Club members who stayed after their function the following day to help us tear down the rest of our equipment. A big thank you to all the attendees who braved the monsoonal winds to attend our fun event.

We appreciated our new and renewing members as well. The museum couldn’t exist without all this support!

Save the date for our next community event at the Hayden Cabin on Saturday, August 22nd , Old Timers’ Day BBQ and annual general membership meeting.

The Hayden Cabin/Mammoth Museum at 5489 Sherwin Creek Road is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through September. Admission is free, however we gratefully accept donations, sponsorships and memberships.

The SMHS is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you again! Directors of the Southern Mono Historical Society MUSEUM CONTACT INFO: (760) 934-6918 Facebook:




6 Responses to Visit the Mammoth Museum at Hayden Cabin

  1. Trouble August 3, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    I didn’t know Mammoth had museum or any history??

    • erik simpson August 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Trouble, I don’t believe you’re an ignorant redneck, but sometimes you do a fair impersonation. Do you read your stuff before you send it? I recommend it.

    • Charles O. Jones August 4, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      The first people to inhabit the vicinity of Mammoth Lakes was the Mono people. Evidence declares that they have been living in the area for thousands of years. They settled in the valley but walked to other places when trading with different tribes.[7]

      The European history of Mammoth Lakes started in 1877, when four prospectors staked a claim on Mineral Hill, south of the current town, along Old Mammoth Road. In 1878, the Mammoth Mining Company was organized to mine Mineral Hill, which caused a gold rush. By the end of 1878, 1500 people settled in the mining camp called Mammoth City. By 1880, the company had shut down, and by 1888, the population declined to less than 10 people. By the early 1900s, the town of Mammoth was informally established near Mammoth Creek. The economics of the original town was based on logging and tourism.[8] The first post office at Mammoth Lakes opened in 1923.[6]

      In 2004, the Mammoth Ski Museum opened in town. The museum featured many vintage artifacts, photographs, and posters. A movie documenting the life of the founder of the ski resort (Dave McCoy) and those of early famous skiers in the area is shown. In 2010, photographs taken by Dave McCoy were featured in an exhibit at the museum.

      In 2008, after a jury trial, the Mono County Superior Court entered a $43 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes for breach of a development agreement. The California Court of Appeal, Third District, affirmed the judgment in December 2010,[9] and the California Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal on March 23, 2011.[10] On Monday July 2, 2012, Mammoth Lakes filed for bankruptcy in the face of the judgement.[11] Later the same year, the bankruptcy was dismissed as a result of a settlement between the town and their largest creditor.[12],_California#History

  2. dpblue August 3, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Hey Trouble you should visit Mammoth some time to experience the museum and make some history for yourself. Summers in Mammoth are the best. I would suggest coming midweek less crowds.

    • Trouble August 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      I actually like Mammoth, except for their price of gas and sense of humor. Do they still have free beer?

  3. John August 3, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Sierra Lady is very proud of the Hayden Cabin. I recommend checking it out.


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