The Rathdrum / Westwood Historical Society was incorporated by dedicated volunteers in 1999 as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit to preserve the history of Rathdrum, Idaho.
Through generous donations of time and funds, the building underwent a revival in 2010 and became the Old Kootenai County Jail Museum. The building itself is the centerpiece of our museum, as several of the original features are intact.
Our mission is to gather and catalog information and items relevant to early Rathdrum history, and share that information with the public through tours and exhibits. We share artifacts and information regarding the origins of Rathdrum as a village as early as 1861, and focus specifically on the period between 1892 and 1908, when Rathdrum was the Kootenai County seat.
As a society, we aspire to preserve the heritage of Rathdrum through archival of information, public education and engagement, and maintenance of the historic building for future generations.
Please use the form at the right to contact us regarding private tours, membership, events, or interest in volunteering with our organization.