Snakebite Coulee got its name from the fact that,
in one of the early settlement years, an Indian
had been bitten by a snake in the coulee. He
didn’t die, but he was very, very sick.
were very numerous in the early days and were
regarded favorably because they subsisted on
gophers, mice, grasshoppers and other insects.
Not so favorable was the fact that they would
persist in getting into cellars and had to be
Snakebite Coulee was a favorite rendezvous for
summer picnics and was appreciated by farmers
and cattlemen alike because it wasn’t grazed
in the summertime and proved very good grazing
for fall and winter pastures. In mild winters
some cattle stayed in the coulees all winter
and were in good condition in the spring.