Our exhibits and artifacts tell the story of the development of Franklin County.

Current Exhibits

Trains, Tribes, and Towns

Northern Pacific Railroad Construction, 1870-2020 A Franklin County Museum Sesquicentennial Exhibit William Mackay, Railroad Parade (1940 New York World’s Fair Poster) Franklin County Historical Museum Collection The steam locomotive Minnetonka shown above was the original NPRR engine sent to construct the historic line across the Pacific Northwest. After completion of the route in the 1880s, […]

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Snake River-Palouse Indian Exhibit

SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES AND SNAKE RIVER-PALOUSE NATIVE PEOPLES FOR THE SNAKE RIVER-PALOUSE INDIANS and other native peoples of the Northwest’s Columbia Plateau, foundational beliefs have long characterized a common life throughout a vast region of geographic diversity and cultural complexity. Such prominent nineteenth century Plateau spiritual leaders as Thomash among the Snake River-Palouse, Kotaiaqan among the […]

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Prehistoric Camel Exhibit

“CARNEGIE CAMELOPS“ FRANKLIN COUNTY’S PREHISTORIC GIANT WESTERN CAMEL Camels are associated only with the deserts of Asia and Africa, leaving their true North America origin unknown until recent research. According to scientists, camels originated in North America and most prehistoric species developed here. Camelops hesternus, the Giant Western Camel, was extremely abundant in the western […]

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Marmes Man Exhibit

THE ICE AGE FLOODS AND CHANNELED SCABLANDS The broad rocky expanse that follows the course of Highway 395 from Pasco and Franklin County to Spokane follows one of the principal lobes of the Northwest’s legendary Channeled Scablands. In some places the terrain resembles an alien landscape with evidence of unimaginable cataclysm that evoke visions of […]

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John Mullan’s Northern Overland Road & Other Early Frontier Transportation Routes

Irrepressible, young Lt. John Mullan conceived of an overland route across the northern Rocky Mountains as early as the spring of 1854 after being assigned the previous year as a topographical engineer to Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens’ epic northern transcontinental railway survey project. During the winter of 1853 Mullan crossed the Continental Divide six […]

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The color images of “Northwest Drylands” photographer John Clement like Divine Rays and Bringing in the Sheaves show the influence of two prominent American watercolor artists whose works he has closely studied since starting his career in the 1970s—Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Early in his career, Clement studied Wyeth’s watercolors and learned that the […]

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