Washington state ghost towns

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Many Washington towns began with a boom and ended with a crash due to radical shifts of economy, access, or natural disaster. Here are just a few that Washington State Magazine has compiled from avid investigators of the subject…

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BARRON, Whatcom County. Barron was a mining boom town located over Harts Pass. At its peak it boasted a hotel, several saloons, and stores which serviced over 2500 miners in the area. After gold ran out and funding was cut off, most inhabitants left so quickly they left behind unread mail and bottles of liquor. Small scale operations continued into the 1970s. Today the ruins of the Barron Hotel remain. Boom Town, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Tour, Natural Disasters, Abandoned Places, Washington State, East Coast, Places To See, Liquor

Ghost Town - Barron - Washington

BARRON, Whatcom County. Barron was a mining boom town located over Harts Pass. At its peak it boasted a hotel, several saloons, and stores which serviced over 2500 miners in the area. After gold ran out and funding was cut off, most inhabitants left so quickly they left behind unread mail and bottles of liquor. Small scale operations continued into the 1970s. Today the ruins of the Barron Hotel remain.

Deep River WA was first settled in 1875 by Finnish emigrants, and by the it was a thriving logging settlement with steamboat landing, post office, stores, and a school. Ghost Adventures, Columbia River, Old Buildings, Post Office, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Abandoned Places, Washington State, Coffee Shop

Deep River Wahkiakum County

Deep River WA was first settled in 1875 by Finnish emigrants, and by the 1890's it was a thriving logging settlement with steamboat landing, post office, stores, and a school.

Former mining town and mines of Liberty Washington located in Kittitas County Washington Ellensburg Washington, Seattle Washington, Washington State, Abandoned Asylums, Abandoned Places, Old Buildings, Abandoned Buildings, Ghost Towns Of America, Pacific Northwest

Mining town of Liberty Washington

LIBERTY, Kittitas County. Established and originally called Williams Creek in 1850, it was renamed to Meaghersville in 1897 for Thomas Meagher who found old gold bearing channel. The town became Liberty in 1916, and it is purported to be the oldest mining town site in Washington state. A dozen or so people still live in the area—and still mine.

Historic ghost mining town site of Blewett Washington, Blewett Pass Chelan County Washington. Rain Shadow, Black Smith, Ghost Adventures, East Side, Post Office, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Washington State, Abandoned

Blewett Chelan County WA

Historic ghost mining town site of Blewett Washington, Blewett Pass Chelan County Washington.

Fort Casey State Park is a marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Abandoned Mansions, Abandoned Buildings, Abandoned Places, Abandoned Plantations, Washington State Parks, Lighthouse Pictures, Spooky Places, Old Fort, Whidbey Island

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FORT CASEY, Island County. Designed as part of the massive modernization program of U.S. seacoast fortifications, construction of Fort Casey on Whidbey Island began in 1897 as part of the “triangle of fire” to protect Puget Sound. With the invention of the airplane and other innovations, the fort’s batteries became obsolete. Fort Casey is now a marine camping park. Admiralty Head Lighthouse (pictured here before renovation) is located within the state park.

COPPER CITY, Yakima County. After the first mine claim was filed in 1889, Copper City grew to serve 42 active mining claims during the period from 1907 to 1942. By 1910 it had cabins, a bunkhouse, a sawmill, a blacksmith shop, and an ore mill. An elaborate water system provided the cabins with running water, and even modern telephone lines were installed. In the end, the mines never produced the riches expected. By 1948 all of the machinery in the town was moved to more profitable mining… Blacksmith Shop, Ghost Adventures, Go Hiking, Ghost Towns, Washington State, Historical Photos, Abandoned, Copper, Bunkhouse

Copper City Ghost Town

Once the center of mining activity in Yakima County, Copper City served 42 active mining claims from 1907 to 1942. The founders of the town hoped to boom when the railroad came through, but the tracks were never put down. Walk the old mine-to-market road into town, where only the collapsed remains of a few buildings remain.

The author has a personal connection to the long-ago town of Cloverland, Washington. Abandoned Buildings, Abandoned Places, Going To California, Short Trip, Ghost Towns, Get Outside, Washington State, Small Towns, Homesteading

Nowhere, Washington State - The Lazy Homesteader Blog - GRIT Magazine

The author has a personal connection to the long-ago town of Cloverland, Washington.

Farmer’s Community Hall - Farmer, Washington Great Northern Railroad, Rain Shadow, Douglas County, Old Buildings, General Store, Post Office, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Receptions

Farmer's Community Hall - Washington

One of the bright spots in Douglas County is this Community Hall in Farmer. Used as a community center, you'll find a lively gathering of area residents sharing pot luck dinners ...

MONTICELLO, Cowlitz County. With a post office set up in 1850, it was first named Mount Solo but renamed in 1852 after early settler’s home town in Indiana. In the same year delegates met there to petition for a new territory out of Oregon Territory. Monticello became the seat of newly created Cowlitz County of Washington Territory in 1854. The town was partially adandoned after the flood of 1867 and lost its post office in 1876. Another devastating flood in 1884 finished off this historic… Office Set, Post Office, Oregon Territory, Early Settler, New Territories, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, First Names, Abandoned Places

Monticello Convention Black Walnut, Monticello, WA

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ETNA, Clark County. This small farming community had its own post office from 1882 to 1918. Not much original remains except the restored Cedar Creek grist mill which still operates and has a small museum inside. A covered bridge crosses the creek next to the mill. The name of the town is a transfer from Etna, Indiana. Photo from Google Maps by Kimberly Hunt. Clark County, Cedar Creek, Covered Bridges, Post Office, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Abandoned Places, Washington State, Historical Photos

ETNA, Clark County. This small farming community had its own post office from 1882 to 1918. Not much original remains except the restored Cedar Creek grist mill which still operates and has a small museum inside. A covered bridge crosses the creek next to the mill. The name of the town is a transfer from Etna, Indiana. Photo from Google Maps by Kimberly Hunt.

Elberton Ghost Town and United Brethren Church Moving To Idaho, Flour Mill, Get Directions, Abandoned Buildings, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Walking Tour, Historical Sites, Washington State

Haunting a Ghost Town

John Elwood lives in a town that no longer exists. Where churches, hotels and homes once lined the streets, now remain the few forlorn fragments of an Eastern Washington ghost town.

ghost town of Oakland Washington, mason county Mason County, Local Library, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Washington State, The Locals, Alcohol, Boat, Community

ghost town of Oakland Washington, mason county

OAKLAND, Mason County. Founded around 1850, this community had a church, several mills, stores, and a ferry. Mail was delivered by boat. Unfortunately, it was a “dry” town, and when nearby Shelton was built and served alcohol, Oakland’s prospects faded.

Skagit City at the forks of the Skagit River, Skagit County, Washington state Vintage Houses, Trading Post, Mount Vernon, Ghost Towns, Natural Disasters, Forks, Washington State, World War Ii, Buildings

Where was Skagit City?

Skagit City at the forks of the Skagit River, Skagit County, Washington state

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Claquato Church, Chehalis, WA

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