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Pioneer History

Learn more about the Goldendale area’s Pioneer History by visiting our historical museums and monuments.
Goldendale was settled around the end of 1850 by Mortimer Thorp. Eventually John J. Golden purchased the site and the town of Goldendale was named after John Golden, and officially formed on March 13, 1872.

John Golden’s house still stands and is viewable at Columbus and Collins St. in downtown Goldendale. In 1878 Goldendale became the Klickitat county seat, and the town was officially incorporated on November 14, 1879.

Presby Museum, Home of the Klickitat County Historical Society
127 W Broadway
Goldendale, WA 98620

Open daily, 10-4, May 1 – October 15Learn more about the Goldendale area’s Pioneer History. A visit to the Presby Museum is ideal for Families, Historians, Students and Tourists alike!

Stonehenge World War I Memorial
Washington Scenic Route 14
Maryhill, WA
The Stonehenge Memorial was commissioned in the early 20th century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918 as a memorial to those who had died in World War I. Visitors are welcome.


Alder Creek Pioneer Association Carousel Museum
4 East Market Street
Bickleton, WA 99322

Visit the Carousel Museum to learn more about Pioneer History in the Bickleton area and our 24 horse, four chariot Armitage Herschell/Herschell-Spillman portable track carousel, built between 1890 and 1907.

Open: April 1st-October 10thThursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Sunday 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Or by appointment

Closed: All holidays and October 11th to March 31st