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About This Collection

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.

Zara, Ray Smith's rocking horse, Clarkston, Washington.Zara, Ray Smith's rocking horse, 1965.
Private collction of Ray Smith.
Since 2009, the Asotin County Library has coordinated Asotin County Heritage, a collaborative effort between the Library, the Asotin County Museum, and other local institutions. The collection includes unique materials documenting the growth and development of Asotin County, Washington and the surrounding area.

If you have comments, corrections, or additional information about any of the items in this collection, or would like to contribute your own material for digitization, please constact the Asotin County Library.


Asotin County Library Collection

Items from the holdings of the Asotin County Library, including local history documents and historic postcards.

Asotin County Museum Collection

Objects, artifacts, documents, and photos from the Asotin County Museum. Highlights include:

  • Nez Perce artifacts.
  • Photographs that document the landscape before and after the construction of the Lower Granite Dam.
  • Artifacts of daily life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Historic postcards.
  • Photographs of early residents and historic buildings.

Asotin County Community Collection

Unique historic materials from the private collections of Asotin County residents. Highlights include:

  • Photographs documenting the history of Wilson Banner Ranch and the Silcott area.
  • Documents depicting the earliest years of Clarkston, including development of transportation and industry along the Snake River. Doug Renggli, contributor.
  • Photographs documenting early businesses and organizations in Clarkston, Washington. Donna Engle, contributor.

Rights & Use

Some items from Asotin County Heritage are under protection of copyright. Please contact the Asotin County Library or the Asotin County Museum for necessary permissions regarding the use of items in this collection.

By the use of these digital images and texts, users agree to the following:

  • Materials may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior written permission from the copyright holder and/or owning institution. The Washington State Library does not have authority to grant such permission; please contact the holding institution.
  • Materials may be used for purposes of research, teaching, and private study. You must contact the holding institution and/or copyright owner for permission related to other uses.
  • Credit must be given to the contributing institutions (e.g., 'Photo courtesy of the Asotin County Museum.').
  • Materials may not be re-published in print or electronic form without prior written permission from the holding institution and/or copyright owner.
  • Materials may not be mounted on an additional server for public use, or for use by a set of subscribers without written permission from the holding institution and/or copyright owner.

View the Washington Rural Heritage Rights & Use Statement for additional information.

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About the Asotin County Library

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.

About the Asotin County Museum

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.

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Contributing Institutions

Asotin County Library

Asotin County Library

(509) 758-5454

417 Sycamore St.

Clarkston, WA 99403

Asotin County Museum

Asotin County Museum

(509) 243-4659

215 Filmore St.

P.O. Box 367

Asotin, WA 99402

This project is supported with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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