The Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society operates the Old Oroville Depot Museum and the Oroville Visitor’s Center at 1210 Ironwood Street in Oroville, Washington, and the McDonald Cabin in the same city.


The Old Oroville Depot Museum is the original train depot, built in Oroville in 1907.  Measuring 30’ x 88’, it is the largest Great Northern Rail Road depot building still in useable condition in the Pacific Northwest.  We have a large collection of Great Northern Rail Road memorabilia and artifacts. Some new, semi-permanent mini-displays are under construction right now, highlighting the history of the area.  In addition, we have a changing annual large display.  The 2017 display “Borderlands Booze” will take a look at how Prohibition affected the area from the early 1900s through the early 1930s.  Come take a look at our moonshine still and its authority-shy operator!


As always, we love to have help designing our displays and doing all of the little odd jobs that keep the museums and Visitor Center functioning.  If you’d like to help, give us a call at 476-2739 and leave a message - we’ll be sure to get back to you.

 
Our Mission
To encourage the preservation of North Okanogan Valley history; operate the North County Historical Museums and to collect and preserve artifacts and library materials which establish and illustrate the history of the North Okanogan Valley. Additionally, as the Visitor’s Information Center, to promote visitation to the richly historical North  Okanogan and to provide positive experiences for visitors as they explore our gateway area and beyond. experiences for visitors as they explore our gateway area and beyond.

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