Past Exhibits

Tillamook County & Oregon Law Enforcement Display


Tillamook County was formed in December of 1853 from portions of Yamhill and Clatsop Counties. Tillamook County covers about 1,125 square miles with a population of about 26,000. The first Sheriff, Obed Severence Thomas took office in April 1854. The county name, Tillamook, comes from the Native American name Killamook, reported to translate as, “land of many rivers”. Come learn about Oregon Law Enforcement from US Marshal Joe Meek (1848) to the present day.

Honoring Black History Month

Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves, US Marshal 1975 – 1907 First black US Marshal in Indian Territory, including what is now known as Oklahoma.

Working among other lawmen that would also become legendary, such as Heck Thomas, Bud Ledbetter, and Bill Tilghman, Reeves began to ride the Oklahoma range in search of outlaws. Covering some 75,000 square miles, the United States Court at Fort Smith, was the largest in the nation.

Over the 35 years that Bass Reeves served as a Deputy United States Marshal, he earned his place in history by being one of the most effective lawmen in Indian Territory, bringing in more than 3,000 outlaws and helping to tame the lawless territory. Killing some 14 men during his service, Reeves always said that he “never shot a man when it was not necessary for him to do so in the discharge of his duty to save his own life.”

Women in Policing

Forensic Odentology (forensic dentistry)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Come and see our array of complete “Mountie” uniforms and equipment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Display

RCMP VEHICLE DECAL 1965-1969

These decals were used prior to the Official Languages Act of 1969 which required all federal institutions in Canada to provide their services in both English and French.  New decals were issued in 1969 displaying the letters RCMP GRC.

History of the RCMP

Born out of a need for a national police force to implement the law in Canada’s newly acquired western territories, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has evolved into a world-renowned organization of more than 28,000 people.

RCMP Members NWMP March west