In addition to the wide variety of books from local university and other presses, our museum store carries several books published by the Clark County Historical Society. The following CCHS publications are currently available and can be purchased in the store or via the paypal order form below . You can also order any of our publications by calling (360) 993-5679. For a sample of the books that we carry from other publishers, click here.

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Clark County History 2015 Price: $14.00 On March 17th, 2016, the Clark County History 2015 annual publication became available for purchase. Since 1960, CCHS has worked with authors and historians to explore a variety of topics regrading Clark County history. Special thanks are due to our editor Martin Middlewood and graphic designers Kris Wells & Coralee Brewer as well as Clark County Printing Services. CCHS members receive a complimentary copy of the Society’s Annual Publication. (Student members do not receive a complimentary copy of the Annual Publication.) Click here to become a member or renew. Please contact the Clark County Historical Museum (phone 360-993-5679) if interested in the availability and ordering of back issues.




Woven History Closing Sale Woven History PosterPrice: $10.00 On December 2, 2004 we celebrated the release of our 98 page, full color Woven History: Native American Basketry publication and the opening of our exhibit by the same name. The publication and the exhibit showcase the amazing baskets in our museum collection.






12 Days In Clark County Book

Twelve Days in Clark County Price: $9.95 Sunday, November 3, 1805 was cold and foggy as the “corps volenteers for North Western Discovery” canoed down the Columbia River and into “the Columbian vally wide & beautiful.” Today, Clark County, Washington is a part of that “vally wide & beautiful.” For three days in the fall of 1805, the Corps of Discovery canoed through “the Columbian vally” (November 3-5, 1805). In the spring of 1806, they came back through this valley, spending nine days here (March 29-April 6, 1806). The Corps of Discovery mapped the river and the land. They visited with the Chinookan-speaking people living here. The people they met were kind, and welcomed Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery to their homeland. They traded for food, and shared their knowledge of the land, the rivers and the mountains with the Corps’ mapmaker, Captain William Clark. One of the languages the Corps of Discovery heard during their TWELVE DAYS IN CLARK COUNTY was the trade language used throughout the Pacific Northwest. The language was called Chinook Wawa. You can find words in Chinook Wawa throughout TWELVE DAYS. Come! Meet the Corps of Discovery! Learn about their twelve days here in Clark County, Washington. As you explore the Corps of Discovery’s trail in Clark County, and take your own journey of re-discovery, help keep this valley “butifull.” Remember to be a good steward of the story and of the trail. Walk softly. Respect the land and the people. Mitlite kloshe tumtum mesika cooley. Enjoy your journey.


Naming Clark County, 2002 Edition by Pat Jollota

ON SALE for Price: $5.00 soft cover(originally 13.50), $25.00 hard cover This second edition of Naming Clark County builds on the overwhelming success of the original book that was published in 1993. The original book was printed due to the public’s request for more information about the historic meaning of old and current places in Clark County. A Clark County Fair exhibit set up by the Historical Society entitled “Names on the Land” received high praise and the idea to expand on that theme was hatched. For three days in the fall of 1805, the Corps of Discovery canoed through “the Columbian vally” (November 3-5, 1805). In the spring of 1806, they came back through this valley, spending nine days here (March 29-April 6, 1806). Former Clark County Historical Museum Curator Pat Jollota has continued her research by interviewing people for the past eight years. Many new places have been documented and further details on the older places have been investigated. From the photo collection of over 20,000 images at the Clark County Historical Museum, many never before seen photos have been included to complement the text. Over 550 places and names are discussed and over 100 photos included to create this unique historical insight to the naming of Clark County. Anyone who has ever asked or wondered, “Why on earth did they call it that?” will enjoy this book.


Darkness Next Door Book

Darkness Next Door by Pat Jollota Price: $10.00 Over the years, many people have come into the Clark County Historical Museum asking us to help them research a house or property. Most of the time, it’s mundane, but then, there are those whose hesitant request begins, “You’ll think I’m crazy, but I think it’s haunted.” The search begins, and, if, eventually, we find a tragedy in the house, or better, yet, a violent crime, they go away happy. Their story has been justified. We’ve passed these tales on, sharing them with others. One of the most popular talks that the museum gives is “ghost stories.” These stories form the basis for this book and are about places in Clark County with a tale of darkness – a house or property associated with a long-ago tragedy or a violent past. These are not pretty stories; they are definitely not for children. Are these stories true? The people who told us about their experiences believed them. The stories of violence and fear are most definitely true. They leap out from the pages of newspapers. Some pages are so old that the paper is brittle and yellow, and yet they remind us again and again that there is nothing new in our society.

Non-CCHS Publications


The Brix Logging Story: In the Woods of Washington and Oregon by Peter J. Brix & Bryan Penttila Price: $39.99 The Brix Logging Story follows the lives and careers of four German-born brothers who arrived in the big timber country of the lower columbia River in 1881 with little more than a restless desire to succeed in this new land. From the spruce-covered homestead of their youth, the Brix brother–Asmus, Albert, Peter John, and Anton–boot-strapped their way to prominence in regional business circles with interests that spanned from forest products and maritime transportation to local politics. Rare photographs from the Brix family archives illustrate the story, together with images shared by historical museums and noted private collectors. Painstaking research was gathered about logging companies and their railroads, producing detailed maps drawn from USGS overlays, aerial imagery, period company maps and on-the-ground investigation. The Brix Logging Story is an insightful and unique contribution to the literature of Pacific Northwest forest history as well as a testament to the valiant entrepreneurs who helped shape this great region.


Blue Highways Revisited by Edgar I. Ailor III and with photography by Edgar I. Ailor III and Edgar I. Ailor IV Price: $34.95 In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visited 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular “Blue Highways”, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route, culminating in “Blue Highways Revisited“, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of “Blue Highways”. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, “The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity–but for how much longer who can say–and I’m glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from “Blue Highways” while they are yet with us.” Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon’s original trek. Almost every photograph in “Blue Highways Revisited” is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of “Blue Highways” that only the perspective of the author could provide. “Blue Highways Revisited” reaffirms that the “blue highway” serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”–“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk–times neither day or not–the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it’s that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to “Blue Highways”).


SP&S: The Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway by Ed Austin and Tom Dill Price: $59.99 This book traces the development and operation of each segment of the Spokane, Portland Seattle [sic] system. Special care has been taken to document the exact route of each line. Also interjected throughout is the human side of railroading through anecdotes from employees “who were there.”[sic] As in the authors [sic] previous books maps play an important role and will help the reader understand the various SP&S lines. They range from John Signor’s outstanding “bird’s eye view” maps to the individual “route maps” drawn by co-author Ed Austin using USGS topographic maps as the base reference. The data on these route maps represents accurate and scale locations of all Spokane, Portland & Seattle trackage with respect to their topographic features. The third type of map appearing throughout are station diagrams. These show track arrangements at specific times, and in each case were drawn from original railroad data, accurate for the date represented. All in all, SP&S, The Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway covers a lot of ground and will surely please the most discerning railfan and modeler. There is extensive photo coverage of all SP&S eras, from the beginning down to the present BN giant. This includes over 60 pages in color featuring the various SP&S diesel color schemes as well as several rare steam views.


Columbia River Basketry: Gift of the Ancestors, Gift of the Earth by Mary Dodds Schlick Price: $35.00 Baskets made by the people of the mid-Columbia River are among the finest examples of Indian textile art in North America, and they are included in the collections of most major museums. The traditional designs and techniques of construction reveal a great artistic heritage that links modern basketmakers to their ancestors. Yet baskets are also everyday objects of a utilitarian nature that reveal much about mid-Columbia culture–a flat twined bag has greatest value when it is plump with dried roots, a coiled basket when full of huckleberries. In Columbia River Basketry, Mary Schlick writes about the weavers who at the time of European contact lived along the Columbia River from just above its confluence with the Yakima River westward to the vicinity of present-day Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Exploring the cultural divisions and relationships among Indian groups living along the river, she presents the baskets in the context of the lives of the people who created and used them. “Baskets are works of art,” she writes, “but they also carry stories of human ingenuity and survival in its most generous sense.” They are tangible lessons in history. Written with deep understanding and appreciation of the artists and their work, Columbia River Basketry will be an inspirational sourcebook for basket weavers and other craftspeople. It will also serve as an invaluable reference for scholars, curators, and collectors in identifying, dating, and interpreting examples of Columbia River basketry.


Vancouver Barracks and a Walk up Main Street, Vancouver USA by Wanda Bafus Price: $15.00 From the Foreword: This story of the Vancouver Barracks and the city of Vancouver is the writer’s memories of the thirties and forties that was a never to be forgotten part of history, the Great Depression and WWII. The military, townspeople and merchants were as one in their quest to end the depression, rebuild the town and bring back the good times. Fate ended this hope of a lasting utopia when WWII broke out. Again, the determination and hard work of these great people was evident by their all out sacrifices. The call to arms as both enlistments and draft were a priority. There were no protests, marches or strikes. It was a call to unity that was pledged by all and a challenge to win the war that was the goal of military and civilians alike. All efforts were to show that only our most dedicated work would bring peace and dignity to this great country. Kaiser Shipyards sprang up with thousands of persons dedicating themselves to help the war effort. The population exploded and the work was 24 hours a day–seven days a week. The shipyard in Vancouver provided the military with landing crafts, merchant ships and aircraft carriers. The slogan for the carriers crew was “Forty or more by 44 (and they did it)!”[sic] The cold of winter and long hours affected so many workers, ship fitters, welders and all who labored in the holds, on the decks and the entire structures. They were plagued with illnesses such as pneumonia and strep throat and injuries such as burned eyes of workers from exposure to arc welders. Some had such badly burned eyes that they needed hospitalization. The painful arc welding ulcers were treated by typhoid injection. The resulting fever would destroy the corneal lesions. The Edgar F. Kaiser Hospital was built near the shipyard and supplied with the latest and best medical treatments available to keep the personnel of the shipyard healthy and productive for the war effort. Together with the St. Joseph Hospital and the Vancouver Memorial Hospital, they were dedicated to the cause of bringing an end to the war. To them we owe our thanks and gratitude. To all who remember this era, remember it your way, since memories are treasures.


Spanning Washington: Historic Highway Bridges of the Evergreen State by Craig Holstine and Richard Hobbs Price: $24.95 Designed first and foremost to be practical, bridges nevertheless are often breathtaking in their construction, combining function and aesthetics. The historic spans of the Evergreen State’s highways are no exception. These technological wonders are extraordinary by any measure, yet their stories have remained largely unknown. Conceived by visionary engineers and built by anonymous skilled workmen, Washington’s highway bridges are triumphs of design and play a significant role in the state’s history. Several, at the time of their completion, attracted worldwide attention and the praise of professional engineers, influencing the course of bridge construction. In their quest to compile the first comprehensive history of the state’s highway bridges, the authors exhaustively researched the extensive records of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), collecting definitive documentation and photographs from across the state. This magnificent book, including more than 200 illustrations, represents the culmination of years of study by many individuals associated with WSDOT and the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (Olympia).