Sayner, Wisconsin: Birthplace of the SnowmobileThe county museum exhibits its collection of outboard motors and snowmobiles, including the original hand-built "motor toboggan" from 1924, the first snowmobile. A Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue stand outside.
Vilas County Historical Museum
- 217 N Main St., Sayner, WI
- Vilas County Historical Museum, Hwy 155 1 block north of Hwy N.
- Memorial Day - mid-Oct. Daily 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
- Free, donation.
Visitor Tips and News About Birthplace of the Snowmobile
Sayner is home to a Snowmobile Museum. Interesting and extensive collection of snowmobiles and outboard motors. Includes the world's first snowmobile.[Tim Weible, 02/16/1998]
Along with exhibits of snowmobilia, the Vilas County Historical Society Museum in Sayner displays the original hand-built snowmobile (called a motor toboggan in the early days) completed in 1924 by Carl Eliason. Sayner is "Birthplace of the Snowmobile."