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By Max Erikson

Museum features WWI artifacts


March 28, 2018

April 6 is opening day for the Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum in Bickleton, kicking off the spring and summer seasons for the museum. This year’s featured exhibit will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and will showcase historic uniforms, pictures, service metals, and memorabilia from the Great War.

The museum will also have two World War I cavalry remount saddles and a cavalry bugle. The Washington State Historical Society donated seven history panels with written facts about the war on them, and there will be a list of names and photos of the 180 eastern Klickitat County men who served or died in the war.

The museum will also feature an exhibit of early eastern Klickitat County pioneer doctors and the medical equipment they used when they cared for the communities of Bickleton, Cleveland, Dot, and Sixprong. The bag of Dr. Zachery Dodson, with the original tools and medicines in it, will be on display, as well as a restored 1899 Spaulding doctor’s wagon and mobile pharmacy. There will also be old photos of the doctors and their homesteads.

The museum is home to the largest collection of barbed wire in the northwest and has a large exhibit of Native American arrow heads and tools. Yakama baskets and beadwork, along with tools, clothing, and carvings from the Alaskan tribes of the Haida and Tlingit, will also be on display.

The well-known horse carousel—now in its 110 year—will have all the horses shined up and polished, ready for pictures with patrons. A new gray mare named Lady will be the featured horse of the year.

The museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on holidays.

Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children, and $10 for families. School groups accompanied by teachers are free. To schedule a group event or to learn more about the museum, call (509) 896-2007.


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