The Pend Oreille County Museum is located in Newport, Washington, along both the Pend Oreille River and the Washington/Idaho border. The museum and society is dedicated to the preservation of the county’s rich mining, logging, railroad and agricultural histories. Run and maintained entirely by the volunteer efforts of the Pend Oreille County Historical Society, the museum opened in 1967 and has been telling the story of Pend Oreille County to all who care to listen, ever since.
several buildings, patrons enter the museum through the I & W. N. train
depot which was built in 1908 and now contains interpretive exhibits on the
first and second floors. The depot also
contains a gift shop that sells handmade craft items, t-shirts, and stuffed
toys, among other things.
B. Bradley Memorial Building was added in 1994 and houses military exhibits,
the research department, library, conference room and offices. The grounds are also home to three historic
log cabins; the Clair Howe Schoolhouse, the Settler’s Cabin and the Hunter’s
Cabin. All three were dismantled and
moved, log-by-log, from their original locations and have been refitted with
period furniture, fixtures, clothes, and tools.
is also home to a replica fire lookout station, at ground level, and the Clark
Family Sawmill that was dedicated in 2014.
The sawmill’s equipment shed displays logging tools, farm equipment and
a recreated logging camp bunkhouse.
Also, a bright red Burlington Northern metal caboose is on display and
represents the county’s lengthy railroad history. Finally, there are numerous vintage pieces of
large farm equipment scattered across the museum’s property.