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History of Little Switzerland

The Little Switzerland homestead dates back to at least 1891 when two Swiss families settled at this site in Newton County and it has always been an "oasis" for travelers. In horse and buggy days travelers would stop to rest and fill their water barrels before continuing on their journey. It took three days to travel the 18 miles from Jasper to Harrison and Little Switzerland was always the first stop before heading out over the rugged mountain terrain.

Little switzerland in the 1800's


In the 1930's, as the number of visitors to the Ozark Mountains increased, they began renting cabins in order to accommodate tourists. Like many others in the region, they were less than luxurious --- no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing, only the familiar outhouse.

Little switzerland in the 1930's


But word of a warm welcome that guests received at Little Switzerland spread and business increased. Folks still stop by to say "Hi" and tell how they spent their honeymoon here or how as youngsters, they enjoyed a thrilling mountain vacation.

Little switzerland in the 1960's


Over the years many things have changed at Little Switzerland. The cabins have been completely rebuilt to the most modern standards and are well above the average. What hasn't changed is the tradition of hospitality guests still enjoy here. Butch is your host for a memorable stay in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.

All of modern day little switzerland