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Contributing Institutions

Stevenson Community Library

(509) 427-5471

contact@fvrl.org

120 NW Vancouver Ave.

Stevenson, WA 98648

 

North Bonneville Community Library

(509) 427-4439

contact@fvrl.org

214 CBD Mall

North Bonneville, WA 98639

 

City of North Bonneville

About This Collection

Skamania County Heritage is a project of the Stevenson and North Bonneville community libraries (Fort Vancouver Regional Library). The collection features a variety of materials describing the rich past of Skamania County, Washington. Residents and partner organizations contribute historic items and artifacts on an ongoing basis which document the pioneer families, communities, buildings, and natural features of this scenic Columbia River Gorge region.


North Bonneville Collection

The North Bonneville Collection features images of the original Bonneville Dam, and a comprehensive photographic record of the demolition of the old town of North Bonneville, construction of the dam's second powerhouse, and community relocation to the site of new City of North Bonneville. The bulk of the collection is housed in the archives of the City of North Bonneville.


Skamania Collection

The Skamania Collection features images of opulent hot spring resorts along the Wind River in the 1920s; the creation of Washington Highway 14's majestic rock tunnels in the 1930s; fishermen on the Columbia River pulling in nets filled with giant salmon from the pre-dam age; and more. The majority of items in this collection originate in the private collections of local community members.

Rights & Use

Some items from the Skamania County Heritage collection are under protection of copyright. You must contact the Stevenson Community Library for permission to use the items in this collection.

 

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

 

View the Washington Rural Heritage copyright statement for additional information.

About This Site

Skamania 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.

The Libraries

The Stevenson Library was founded by the Stevenson Women's Club in 1921. Stevenson joined with the Vancouver, Washington library in Clark County in 1952 to form Washington State's first regional library district. North Bonneville Library was the third library in the fledgling district, joining in 1953 and providing their own quarters in City Hall.

 

The current Stevenson Library was constructed in 1967, with a timeless design of wood-and-rock materials and large views of the Columbia River Gorge. North Bonneville Library has continued to have a presence in City Hall, moving with the city into new quarters in the early 1980s when the town's relocation was complete. The two libraries and bookmobile serve 10,000 residents of Skamania County, was well as many rural patrons and schools in western Klickitat County. The three outlets circulated approximately 63,000 items in 2009.

 

Stevenson's Local History collection includes nearly 600 items, featuring memoirs by local authors, legal documents, historic volumes with unique photographs, and some Stevenson High School annuals dating as far back as 1926. A smaller collection is housed at the North Bonneville Library.

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