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Contributing Institutions

Grandview Library
(509) 882-7034
500 W. Main Street on the YVCC Campus
Grandview, WA 98930

R.E. Powell Museum
(509) 882-9238 (when open)
(509) 882-9219
311 Division Street
Grandview, WA 98930

Grandview Library Collection

The Grandview Library Collection documents the founding and development of the city of Grandview, located in Washington State's fertile Yakima Valley.  Local tradition tells us that on a bright Indian summer morning in 1905, two men on horseback, Elza Dean and F.L. Pitman, pulled their mounts to a halt halfway between the then new towns of Sunnyside and Prosser.  They saw Snipes Mountain rising in the foreground, and the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier were outlined against the sky.  "It's a grand view!" one of the riders exclaimed.  The other nodded.  They unfolded a map of the Sunnyside Railway and Granger Land Company and one of the riders pointed to a spot on the north part of Section 23 while the other made an "X" with a stubby pencil and wrote "Grand View" and on April 25, 1906 the plat of the new town site was filed for record.  The History of Grandview was compiled by the Grandview Pioneer Association "to preserve the early history of the Grandview District" because they realized that the early local history of any community perishes with the passing of its pioneers.

The Blanche McLane Cook Art Library is a collection of books, paintings, three-dimensional art, and many more items, bequeathed to the library by the late Blanche McLane Cook (1901-1991).  Ms. Cook, a Grandview High School graduate, was a freelance commercial artist and portrait painter, an art instructor at Yakima Valley College (now Yakima Valley Community College), Philadelphia School of Design, and the Baldwin School.  Her works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums, and public and private collections.  She was a member and co-founder of the Yakima Valley Art Association and also a member of the Seattle Art Museum and the Women Painters of Washington.

R.E. Powell Museum Collection

The museum was envisioned by its donor, Ray E. Powell (1896-1970) at the time of the opening of the Bleyhl Community Library (as of 2011, the Grandview Library) in 1958.  Construction was begun in May of 1968 and from its beginning, public-spirited citizens have helped maintain the building and its contents.  The museum opened in 1969, marking the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Grandview.  On display inside the museum, along with many other items of local and historical significance is a 1900 vintage Kiblinger car, one of only two known to still be in existence.  Additionally, the Alex Parke Memorial Showcase houses local veterans' relics from as early as the Civil War.

Rights & Use

Many items from the Grandview Heritage Collection are under protection of copyright.  You must contact the Grandview Library and/or R.E. Powell 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 conditions:

About This Site

Grandview 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.

Grandview Library and R.E. Powell Museum

The Grandview Library is a joint venture of the City of Grandview's municipal library (formerly known as the Bleyhl Community Library) with Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC).  The joint library, located in a new 16,000 square foot facility on the YVCC campus, opened its doors in 2011.  The R.E. Powell Museum is open to the public and has seen visitors from around the world.  Grandview is located in the Yakima Valley in south-central Washington State.

...visit the Grandview Library or R.E. Powell Museum website for more information.

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