Thursday, April 12, 2018

101 North: Lakeport, Clear Lake area, Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum


Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum  255 N. Main St., in Lakeport, west lake, (707) 263-4555.  W-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4.  By donation, $2.  Formerly a courthouse, this 1871 brick building now reveals “The Mystery and History of Clear Lake” through its renowned collection of Pomo Indian artifacts--baskets, stone arrowheads, and tools--plus historical records, a restored courtroom, and a hunting and gun exhibit.  A dramatic 14-foot replica of a Pomo Indian tule boat is a standout exhibit, and lovely vintage display cases and small chandeliers add to the overall interest.  More exhibits include a collection of Lake County’s famous “diamonds,” an old-time telephone switchboard, and antlers from the last elk killed in Lake County.  The museum is situated in the town’s leafy central park, where a small Vietnam Veterans memorial is displayed. 

exterior of Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
exterior of Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


Pomo Indian basket display at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
Pomo Indian basket display at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


replica Pomo Indian tule boat at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
replica Pomo Indian tule boat at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


description of Pomo Indian baskets at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
description of Pomo Indian baskets at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


Lake County diamonds display at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
Lake County diamonds display at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


old-time telephone switchboard displayed at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
old-time telephone switchboard displayed at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


antlers from last elk killed in Lake County at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California
antlers from last elk killed in Lake County at Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, California


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images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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