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Contributing Institutions

Enumclaw Public Library
(360) 825-2938
1700 First Street
Enumclaw, WA 98022

photo by Joe Mabel
Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society
(360) 825-3356
1837 Marion Street
Enumclaw, WA 98022


Enumclaw Plateau Historical Museum Collection

The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society collection features artifacts and memorabilia on display at the museum representing the area's rich history.  Several physical objects, including beautifully colored calendars, hand-made quilts, phone directories and the memorandum book of Enumclaw founder Frank Stevenson, showcase the early life of the town and its citizens.  The Society continuously accepts historical donations, and also interpets, exhibits, and preserves memorabilia of the Plateau (and to a lesser extent, the Pacific Northwest), while assisting researchers for the benefit of the general public, schools, and other organizations.

Schlotfeldt Pioneer Special Collections

The Enumclaw Public Library's Schlotfeldt Pioneer Special Collections focuses on historical materials related to the history of Enumclaw and the surrounding Enumclaw Plateau area.  The library has acquired hundreds of photographs from organizations, businesses, and individuals.  The collection documents a broad range of social, industrial, commercial, and agricultural heritage in Enumclaw and the surrounding region.  It contains a variety of formats, including early and modern prints, panoramic photographs, film negatives, color slides, and postcards.  The library's goal is to become a central archive for the Enumclaw Plateau.  To do this, the library will continue to add to the collection, and accepts donations of historical photographic images.

Significant parts of the photographic collection include:

Rights & Use

Some items from the Enumclaw Heritage Collection are under protection of copyright.  You must contact the Enumclaw Public Library or the Enumclaw Plateau 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:

About This Site

Enumclaw 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.

About the Enumclaw Public Library

Enumclaw is located in western Washington State, approximately 45 miles southeast of Seattle, and beautifully situated in the Cascade foothills near the base of Mt. Rainier.  With a population of approximately 11,000, Enumclaw has retained its small town character while benefiting from the growth of the surrounding region.

In 1922, the Parent-Teachers Association, the Pre-School Circle, and other interested organizations sponsored a drive to collect books and funds to start a library.  The Library opened in 1923 in City Hall.  By January, 1924, the Library held 500 Danish language books and 939 English language books.  In 1928, Mary Fell Stevenson Yerxa willed her home on the corner of Myrtle and Wells, along with $100, to Enumclaw for use as a library.  Her former residence housed the Enumclaw Library until 1953 when it was razed to build a new concrete block building on the site.

From the 1950s through the 1980s, the Enumclaw Public Library served its expanding community.  The Library increased its hours of service, staff, adult and children's programming, outreach to nursing home and senior residences, and cooperative borrowing arrangements with neighboring libraries.  By 1989, the library building was becoming grossly overtaxed dealing with 30,000 books and 100,000-plus borrower transactions a year.  Growing community sentiment required a new town library be built.  A bond issue was secured and funding was set for a new building.  The ground breaking ceremony took place August 21, 1990.  The library collection of over 40,000 materials was moved September 21, 1991 with a combination of volunteers and professional help.  After a one-week closure, the new library was opened and dedicated September 28, 1991.

Today the Library houses over 50,000 items, circulates over 175,000 annually, and has a patron base of 10,000.

...visit the Enumclaw Public Library info page for more information.

About The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society

The mission of the Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society is to represent the Enumclaw Plateau and the historic communities of Wabash, Osceola, Flensted, Firgrove, Boise, Krain, Veazie, Birch, and Bayne regarding preservation and documentation of local historical buildings, monuments and sites, as well as material history and oral history.  The Society's Museum is operated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is staffed entirely with volunteers.  The Museum collection includes a wide variety of photographs, archives, objects and other categories.  Catalogs and books (all indexed by subject or name) contain information of births, family history, business history, local history, weddings and anniversaries, obituaries, homes and businesses, King County/Enumclaw notables, and South King County cemeteries.  On-site displays present categorized topics of early Enumclaw life if photographs and objects, each individually described for the viewer.  The museum collection is searchable via the museum's computer using common search terms with the assistance of museum docents.

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