Ellensburg Heritage is a project of Washington Rural Heritage, a collection of historically significant materials residing in libraries, heritage institutions, and private collections throughout Washington State.
The collection includes photographs, documents, and artifacts which tell the stories of Washington's small and rural communities.
For a few years, Doug was a stand-in on western television shows life Gunsmoke and Bonanza.
Returning to the valley he loved, Doug continued taking photographs of the scenic beauty of the area, and became especially captivated by the unique beauty and history of barns of the county. "Barns are part of our rural history, a piece of the past.
His contribution to the visual and biographical history of the Kittitas Valley is extremely valuable.
Being raised on ranches and farms owned and operated by his grandfather, Frank Erickson, Doug was very comfortable around horses, cattle, and ranch life.
Realizing there were few quality action photographs of the rougher aspects of rodeo life, he started "taking pictures" during the 1960s and 1970s.
With the advent of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1884-1886, life changed tremendously for citizens of Kittitas County.
The Transportation Photograph Collection shows a visual progression of the advancements in travel through the modern day.
The Kittitas Valley was the meeting site for thousands of Northwest Indians at the famous Che-lo-han grounds.