JKHF Museum



Welcome to our Museum. As you  enter the “speak-easy” door, you are stepping into the past.  The great hall was once the meeting place of many fraternal organizations and lodges.      George Washington (large painting) presided over those meetings and still does.



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You are greeted with our oldest relic, a 1745 Irish Book of Sermons, which was carried by ancestors of the King family from Ireland by ship and on to the West Coast by wagon train. The family established the first school: King School. We have a collection of Church items, including German Bibles.

To the left of the entry door is the Music Section, which features a Chicago pump organ from the early Kendrick home of Martin & Lucy Thomas.

To the right is a display of early Schools.

Our Military display area features many interesting World War I relics donated by the Forest family.

See items from the Clearwater log drives in our Logging section.

The Ranching section features a cowhide coat donated and used by the Galloway family on Bear Ridge.

In the the Farming section you will see many early farming tools and pictures.

The Business section features relics and mementoes from early businesses in Kendrick. The body basket was donated to us from Asotin’s Museum and was used to bring the dead to town by wagon. If the body was shipped by train, the metal lid was closed tight.

The Glass Case section contains many varied and interesting items, including a Cup and Saucer from Lewis Jewelry, which shows the early Kendrick Tramway. Items of dress and grooming of both men and women are displayed here.

As you round the corner, you will be in the Railway & Trams section. See items that were used in the historic Kendrick Depot.

Next, you will enjoy a pictorial display of early Transportation.

In the Communication section you will be able to view a “crank” telephone and the early switchboard used at Potlatch Telephone Company.

The Home section displays many interesting items from early households.

The final section is Recreation. you will find a Viewmaster donated by the family of Arlene Watts Wallace and duck pins from the early bowling alley.

The Center Displays are dedicated to small ghost towns in the Kendrick area, including Southwick, Leland, and Cameron. See scenes of the early towns. Also featured is a pictorial display of the Joe Fruchtl Brick Factory, as well as our neighboring town of Juliaetta. You will also view a pictorial display of the devastating Brady Gulch flood of 1946 that flooded west Kendrick.

The Research Center on the stage area contains old Gazettes and other newspapers, family histories, old maps, and books of interest to our area.
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