From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Over the past week, we’ve featured some of the rare, historical and interesting items found in our State Library through our monthly Library Jewels blog series. We’re now ready for you to take a final look at the three August entries and then choose your favorite. They include a 1784 chart of the Northwest coast […]
  • Secretary of State Kim Wyman says the recount of the close primary vote in House District 9 in the sprawling six-county district showed that not a single vote changed from the original tally. That means former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim’s 47-vote margin over Democrat Kenneth Caylor stands. Lathim advances to the General Election, taking […]
  •   (Image courtesy of Washington State Library) Our third and final Library Jewel for August features a rare 1934 map of a county many of you might not know much about: Columbia, located in southeastern Washington between Walla Walla County to the west and Garfield County to the east.  The map shows a proposed reorganization […]
  •  Ferry County flag (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives) Washington’s northern reaches contain some of its larger counties, such as Okanogan, Ferry and Stevens. In our 10th snapshot story, we turn the lens toward Ferry County, a sparsely populated but beautiful county in Washington’s northeastern region. Ferry County was named after Washington’s first governor, a Seattleite […]
  • (Image courtesy of Washington State Library) When you live in a beautiful state like Washington, it’s a given that most people will find a way to enjoy the outdoors. One popular option going back to our territorial days is picnicking. The State Library has this 1873 photo showing how the pioneers did it. (Notice there […]