902 7th St.
Prosser, WA 99350
1000 Paterson Road
P.O. Box 1407
Prosser, WA 99350
Prosser 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.
Some items from the Prosser Heritage Collection are under protection of copyright. You must contact Mid-Columbia Libraries and/or the Benton County Museum & Historical Society 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.
In 1907, Prosser's first "reading room" opened in the Mercer building on Sixth Street. In 1910, the City's first library (a Carnegie Library) was built at 1214 Sheridan Ave. The Carnegie Library was one of Prosser's oldest landmarks and provided library services until 1972, when the library opened in its current location on Seventh Street. Attempts to preserve the Carnegie Library building were unsuccessful; the building was demolished the year after it closed. The City of Prosser operated the library at its current location until 2001, at which time the Prosser Branch became part of Mid-Columbia Libraries. The Prosser Branch provides services to over 14,000 city and county residents. In 2010, almost 129,000 items were checked out and the branch had over 105,000 visitors. As part of Mid-Columbia Libraries, our mission is to enrich our communities by empowering individuals with materials and services for life-long learning and growth, starting at birth. For more information about the Prosser library or other Mid-Columbia Libraries, visit www.midcolumbialibraries.org.
The Benton County Museum was established in June 1968. The Museum's collection includes over 5,000 items collected from Prosser and surrounding area residents. An extensive textile and dress collection contains items from the early 1800s to the 1920s. Photographs, scrapbooks, books, and many old dishes are a few of the wonderful things to look at. There is also a rustic homestead shack with a doctor's buggy, as well as saddles and household items rarely seen today. One hundred photos from the Museum were selected for digitization, representing four areas of focus: notable women from the area, downtown Prosser, schools, and dryland farming and homesteading. The museum is located in Prosser, Washington, in the City Park at 1000 Paterson Road. For more information, please call (509)786-3842 or e-mail email@example.com.