Klickitat County Museums & Historical Societies
There are several Museums in Klickitat County. They include the world-famous Maryhill Museum of Art, the Klickitat County Historical Society's Presby Museum in Goldendale, the Gorge Heritage Museum in Bingen, the Whoop-n-Holler Museum near Bickleton, the Klickitat Historical Museum at Klickitat, and the Twin Bridges Museum at Lyle.
The Gorge Heritage
Museum, located at 202 E. Humbolt Street in Bingen, is operated by
the West Klickitat County Historical Society. The building which houses the
museum is the former Bingen Congregational Church which was dedicated in
1912. The Museum is open mid-May thru late September, Friday thru Sunday, Noon
to 5 pm. (contact them for
exact dates & times before visiting - especially if you're visiting from out of
the area). The Museum can be visited during the off-season, by appointment.
Contact the Society at P.O. Box 394, Bingen, WA., by telephone number at 509-493-3228, or 509-493-3111,
or FAX 509-493-4309, or by Email at [email protected].
The museum's displays include many items relating to the early history of this area. Display cases showcase pioneer clothing, household implements, logging and farming tools, medical and surgical equipment, historical documents, newspapers, and Native American artifacts and crafts. Displays include a history of the S.D.S. Lumber Company and of nearby Broughton Lumber; a photographic record into the construction of near-by Condit Dam on the White Salmon River, and an on-going project of creating a Historical Timeline for Western Klickitat County. The museum also has books and videos available to purchase. A small research library is located on-site, and is available for the patrons' use. Press here for Photographs of interior displays.
The Twin Bridges Museum at Lyle was organized in the
Summer of 2007. In the Summer of 2012 they moved to their new location, the
former United Methodist Church. The focus of their
collection is the Lyle area. The Museum is currently open on Saturday 10:00 am
to 4:00 pm, or call
509-365-0060 to make an appointment to visit at other times. Their collection
consists of photographs, newspaper articles, Lyle community and Lyle School
histories, mementos and other memorabilia. They gladly accept
donations/information which have a connection to this area.
The Eastern Klickitat County Historical Society,
P.O. Box 47, Bickleton, WA. 99322, was organized in the Fall of 2004. Their
purpose is to preserve the history of Eastern Klickitat County (east of Rock
Creek), by collecting documents, information, pictures, family genealogy and
stories of the pioneer communities and residents of our area. Society meetings
are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., at the Bickleton Grange
Hall. No meetings are held in June, July or August. Membership dues are $20.00
per calendar year, and membership includes a quarterly newsletter. The current
(November 2009) officers are Chairman, Linda Lasley,
Secretary-Treasurer, Barbara Clark,
and Program Chairman, Ada Ruth Whitmore,
The Klickitat Historical Museum
92 Main Street Hwy 142
PO Box 276
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