Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum
402 S. Washington Ave.
2016 Museum Hours:
May 6 thru May 28: Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM
May 29 - September 5: Monday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sunday: 1pm to 4pm
September 9 - 30: Friday & Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Admission By Donation
For Special tours or research
P. O. Box 1409
Newport, WA 99156
The museum gift shop has a selection of homemade craft items, collectibles, vintage jewelry and buttons, Pend Oreille County Historical Museum T-shirts and Ball Caps, postcards, stuffed toys, children's Dover activity books, field and travel guides, and local and regional history books.
Our annual publication, The Big Smoke, has been published every year since 1969. All back issues are available, earlier ones may be photocopies.
The original Big Smoke was the Locke High School annual for the year 1923, edited by Stuart Bradley, who was the only graduate that year. It is believed the book was named for Chief Big Smoke, a Kalispell Indian. Stuart reprised the book as a collection of schoolmate's memories for a school reunion. From that new beginning, he expanded it to a county-wide compilation of historical stories, written by homesteaders and later the generations who applied the pioneer spirit to their own eras in Pend Oreille County. Stuart Bradley edited the Big Smoke until 1989. June Hobbs served as editor in 1989 and William Piper was editor until 2010. His daughter Yvonne Piper has now taken over.