Snowtown is the next town encounted when traveling south towards Adelaide. Snowtown is another by-pass town, and like most is suffering from an economic perspective. The town’s main claim to fame is the modern and recent introduction of ‘wind mill/farms’. A very impressive display awaits the visitor.
The first pioneers arrived sometime between 1867 and 1869 due to the rapid expansion of farming to the north of the area. During this period one of the first major structures, the old Snowtown Pub (1868), was built.
The Government only started showing interest in the settlement as late as 1869 when it planned to establish various new towns throughout the district and to divide the land into much smaller holdings.
Snowtown's charter was formally proclaimed by the then Governor of South Australia, Sir William Jervois, in 1878. Jervois named the town after one of the members of the Snow family who were his cousins and lived on Yorke Peninsula (which lies immediately west and southwest of Snowtown). Thomas Snow became Jervois's aide de camp when Jervois received his posting in South Australia and it is widely thought by the people of Snowtown that the town was named after him.
There are a number old and heritage buildings in Snowtown.