Asotin County Heritage Collection Treasure Hunt

Sternwheeler Mountaingem, 50 miles above Asotin, 1912
Sternwheeler Mountaingem, 50 miles above Asotin, 1912

Explore the history of our area by doing the Asotin County Heritage Online Treasure Hunt.  This extensive collection contains photos and documents dating back to the late 1800s.  Learn how Asotin County became a fertile fruit-growing area by looking at the collection of photographs by Asahel Curtis and reading the Lewiston-Clarkston Improvement Company booklet that documents how water was piped from Asotin Creek to provide irrigation. The irrigation system played a major role in the development of our county. To see the Treasure Hunt, click here.



Pancake crew at the Cowboy Breakfast 1957
Pancake crew at the Cowboy Breakfast 1957

Follow the growth of the Asotin Country Fair (yes, it was ‘Country’ in the early days), beginning with the inaugural event in 1940.   The collection is growing – more photos and articles about the Fair are being added!






Horse-drawn ice cream truck, 1927
Horse-drawn ice cream truck, 1927

These are just a few of the topics in the collection – start exploring today! As you look through it, you’ll see familiar names and buildings as well as photos and references to long-gone people and places.

Thank you to the community for loaning items for the enjoyment of all!

The Asotin County Heritage digital collection is funded by the Washington State Library
and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Facebook Live Explore & Learn for Grades K to 6

Join us on Facebook Live for a science or craft activity every Wednesday at 4pm.

Pick up your free Activity Kit so you can do the project along with Mary. The kits are in front of the library each weekday while supplies last. Thank you to the Innovia Foundation and ARPA grants for funding the kits.

You’ll find us at   If you can’t watch live, the recorded version is available on Facebook.

Sign up for BookNews

Find your next favorite book through Select Reads!  Select the categories you enjoy and each month you’ll get a newsletter showcasing new books in the Valnet system.  Choose from over 30 categories including: fiction, nonfiction, mystery & thriller, romance, audiobooks, teen, children, and many more.  Sign up for your favorite categories today!

Learn more about how to get the most out of SelectReads by going to the Asotin County Library Academy. is now LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an educational site with video courses to help you develop your business, creative, and technology skills. Each course is taught by an industry professional who is excited to share their knowledge with you. Self paced tutorials include courses on software and computer skills, web design, computer programming, video editing, project coordinating, business management, job and career paths, marketing, and so much more!

Please note that you need to be a resident of Washington to gain access to LinkedIn Learning.  To set up an account, you will need your library card number and a PIN.  Your PIN is your last name.  Log in to LinkedIn Learning here.   For an introduction to LinkedIn Learning, view the Asotin County Library Academy tutorial here.

If you have previously set up an account with, you should have received an email explaining that any courses you have started are still available to you.

Asotin County Open Data

Are you curious about your community? Become better informed through ACL’s collection of open data. In the current collection, you’ll find information on local restaurant inspection results, emergency service calls, and library usage. The collection continues to grow, so check back often to investigate more about Asotin County! New to open data? Follow the link on the Asotin County Open Data homepage to learn about this highly useful resource.

Check Out Washington Discover Passes

Borrow a Washington State Parks Discover Pass and activity backpack! Did you know we have 7 state parks less than two hours away? Check out a backpack and  explore these treasures. In addition to a Discover Pass, the backpacks contain binoculars, bird, tree and wildflower field guides and a Washington State Parks map. The backpacks can be checked out for up to two weeks, one per family. Loan period is 1 week and item can be renewed for an additional week.

Pictured is Palouse Falls, 90 minutes away.

The Discover Pass gives you access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Find more information about Washington State Parks here