417 Sycamore St.
Clarkston, WA 99403
215 Filmore St.
P.O. Box 367
Asotin, WA 99402
Asotin County Heritage is a collaborative project of the Asotin County Library and the Asotin County Museum. Since 2009, the two organizations have partnered to digitize unique historic materials documenting the growth and development of Asotin County and the surrounding area. Highlights include:
Material in the collection is held by the Asotin County Museum, the Asotin County Library, and community members' private collections. If you have comments or additional information about any of the items in this collection, or would like to contribute your own material for digitization, please contact the Asotin County Library.
Some items from Asotin County Heritage are under protection of copyright. You must contact the Asotin County Library or the Asotin County Museum for permission to use the items in this collection.
By the use of these digital images, texts, audio, and video recordings, users agree to the following:
View the Washington Rural Heritage copyright statement for additional information.
Asotin County Heritage is a project of Washington Rural Heritage, a collection of historically significant materials residing in libraries, heritage institutions, and private collections throughout Washington State. The collection includes photographs, documents, and artifacts which tell the stories of Washington's small and rural communities.
The Asotin County Library was founded in 1902 as a result of the Episcopal Women's Guild of Mt. Vernon, New York who donated several boxes of books to the Women's Guild in Clarkston. The library was first housed in the vestry of the local Episcopal Church. The library grew rapidly thereafter and moved twice before the Carnegie Foundation funded a building in 1913. In 1964, the citizens of Asotin County voted to create a County Library District and the Clarkston Public Library transferred all of its assets to the district. The citizens again voted to support the library in 1991 by passing a bond issue to build the beautiful new building which is now the pride of our community.
The Asotin County Museum building was constructed by Henry R. Merchant Sr. in 1920, and served as a funeral home until 1972 when it was donated by the Merchant family to the Asotin County Historical Society to be used as a museum. On the grounds you can tour a pioneer house, a sheepherder's cabin, a one-room school house, a primitive log cabin, a river barge, a pole barn, a blacksmith's shop, and a Nez Perce tepee. You may also view thousands of artifacts on display in the main building. The Museum features many hands-on displays for the public's education and enjoyment.