124 West Walnut Street
PO Box 63
Waterville, WA 98858
Brought to you by:
Douglas County Historical Society
SEASON OPEN May 25, 2023
Director: Dr. E. F. Cater
509 745 8435
The original Douglas County Museum Building was a gift of William and Etta Schluenz in order to house some 4,500 rocks and minerals that William had collected over decades.
Additions done in recent times include
Douglas County Museum is very proud of the facility including a fairly comprehensive rock and gem collection which contains gems, minerals, petrified wood, meteorites and thunder eggs (similar to geodes).
The highlight of our Rock Gallery is a 73.25-pound iron and nickel meteorite known as the Waterville Meteorite.
The Waterville Meteorite was discovered in 1917 and was the first to be recovered in the state.
are scanned and colorized by Bruce Clark, The Blue Rooster Productions, Waterville.
Colorized images add an amazing dimension to black and white.
If you need a specific photo, be sure and send us a request.
The Douglas County Historical Museum, in Waterville, Washington, is an adventure worthy of your time!
We are here to help you enjoy a fantastic museum visit in a climate controlled environment!
Open starting May 25 for the 2023 season and
on National Holidays celebrated on Monday
like Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Wait! Here is a great deal for you!
IF you are looking for a family adventure, want to complete genealogical research, or have this aching desire to gather your scattered family to take a look at your heritage–we are here to assist you!
We will open ANYTIME during the year for groups or special events.
Schedule your next company meeting here, we have the space!
The aerial tram was operated from late 1902 until 1910.
The buckets were shaped like a bread loaf pan, nearly four feet long, three feet wide and two feet deep.
Thirty-two buckets held five sacks of grain each for the trip down.
Coal, lumber, and merchandise were hauled up.
Apparently this was not satisfactory because an engine and drum were installed at the top of the terminus.
W.E. Stevens was the operator.
Mural painted by Ron McGaughy of Manson, Washington.
Learn how and why Pioneer Settlers came to Douglas County by the thousands in search of a new life, a new beginning and Free Land!
Learn about Douglas County History and important Events that solidified our presence here.
Most of all, you will have fun and enjoy the new Pioneers’ Page.
If you are from a Pioneer Family and do not see your Family Name in our 1915 Patron’s Spotlight List, then Contact Us and we’ll do research for you!
Pictures are the pathway to our past. In some cases, photographic evidence is the only proof of existence left!
Douglas County Museum has thousand’s of photos either on display, or as a scanned digital image on a publicly accessible desktop computer. If you desire a digital copy, bring your flash drive.
Stop by in-person to see the large photo display in our climate-controlled museum building!
Douglas County Museum has many Gallery Areas, each with its own unique features and personality.
The Main Entrance Gallery will grab your attention and take you back to an earlier time in Douglas County.
The Douglas County Museum is your opportunity to travel back in time and have some fun along the way.
The Douglas County Historical Thrift Shop handles 2nd hand clothing, used and antique furniture, memorabilia and lots more!
Come visit us at 113 E. Locust Street in beautiful downtown Waterville.
The Douglas County Historical Society Thrift Shop is a proud sponsor of the Douglas County Museum.