Visit the Bingham County Historical Museum!


     Bingham County Historical Society Museum is located in the John Guthrie and May Johnston Brown home. This Southern-style mansion, built from local lava rock, was designed by J. Flood Walker and built by Augustus Whiteway and Warren Hicks in 1905. J. Flood Walker had won fame at the World Fair in 1904 for his design of the “Idaho House”, and Whiteway and Hicks would go on to build the Canyon County Courthouse in Caldwell, Idaho, later in 1905. 

     Having no children of their own, the Browns built the home with the idea of entertaining company, and the elegant home was soon considered to be the social center of Blackfoot, Idaho. 

     When Mr. Brown died in 1924, Mrs. Brown returned to her native state of Tennessee, leaving the home fully furnished, yet abandoned. After a period of neglect, the home was sold to the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post 23 and became the local American Legion Hall. After a new legion hall was built, the home was deeded to Bingham County to serve as a historical museum. 

     The 15 rooms, large white columns on the front porch, and sun room show a Southern style of architecture that reflects the architecture found in the Browns’ home state of Tennessee. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, period clothing and furnishings, musical instruments, military uniforms, a doll collection, and numerous historical photos.

The Brown Mansion serves as home to the Bingham County Historical Museum
The main room of the home was designed for entertaining guests
The wood stove is set for preparing meals
A Civil War Era grand piano brought to Blackfoot from the East