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About This Collection

Columbia 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.

Pine Grove School playground, 1950.Pine Grove School playground, 1950.
Early Columbia County School Photographs.
If you have comments, corrections, or additional details regarding records in the collection, please use the digital collection's public comments feature, or contact the Columbia County Rural Library District directly.


Columbia County Cemeteries Collection

The Columbia County Cemeteries Collection contains a wealth of information that can be used by genealogists, families, and citizens of our community who are looking for information on their family ancestry. This collection will eventually contain more than 900 records including headstone photographs along with some family photographs, plot deed records from the city of Starbuck, and some deed records from the City of Dayton. The collection contains cemetery information including headstone photographs and descriptions from the Starbuck Cemetery, Lot A from the Dayton cemetery, and eight county cemeteries including Bundy Hollow, Covello, Highland, Huntsville, Marengo, Pioneer Memorial, Smith Hollow, and Turner Cemeteries.

If you have additional family photographs that can be included along with a headstone in this collection, please contact the Columbia County Rural Library District.

Early Columbia County School Photographs Collection

This collection contains original photographs of schoolhouses, some showing just the building while others include students or other people in the photograph. Some of the photographs show more than one school building for a school district at different times, eras, and locations. At one time, there were as many as 61 school districts with 54 of them having school buildings. Original photographs were provided by the Blue Mountain Heritage Society. The primary source of information about each of the schools was provided through the book "Early Columbia Schools" compiled by Charlotte Hutchens, or from the revised version, "History of Early Columbia County Schools" by Rachel Laberge and Patricia Schlacter. Visit the Blue Mountain Heritage Society to view original photographs.

If you have additional photographs of schools not yet included in the collection, please contact the Columbia County Rural Library District so additional photographs can be added to the collection. In addition, help us identify some of the students in the photographs. If you can identify and unidentified student, please use the digital collection's "Comments" feature or contact us directly so that information can be added to the collection data.

Rights & Use

Many items in the Columbia County Heritage collection are under protection of copyright. Please contact the Columbia County Rural Library District for permission to 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 Columbia County Rural Library District and/or copyright owner for permission related to other uses.
  • Credit must be given to the contributing institutions (e.g., 'Photo courtesy of the Dayton Historic Depot Society.').
  • 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 Columbia County Rural Library District

The Columbia County Rural Library District is located in the SE corner of Washington State, and based in Dayton, Washington. The Library District is a newly formed library district in Washington State, having been formed in 2005 with services being provided to a population of 4,100 residents beginning January 1, 2008 in a city-owned building. The library district provides materials for all ages, including books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiocassettes, videocassettes, Pacific Northwest history, reference and genealogical materials. The Library District offers online services, a teen MySpace page, and a blog through their website.

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Contributing Institutions

Columbia County Rural Library, library photo

Columbia County Rural Library District

(509) 382-4131

111 S. 3rd St.

P.O. Box 74

Dayton, WA 99328

Dayton Historic Depot Society

Dayton Historic Depot Society

(509) 382-2026

222 E. Commercial Street

Dayton, WA 99328

Blue Mountain Heritage Society

Dayton, WA

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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