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Since I posted a new Ghost Town of the Month for June 2015, from this state, I am currently updating this vignette…  GBS 6/2015
















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Wahkiakum Co.

This class D fishing town along the Columbia River had 30 people in 1990.  It is across from and northeast of Astoria OR.  The fish canneries here were established in the 1870s, and by World War II the town began to fade.


Chelan Co.

This 1860s gold mining town is located on US 97, 21 miles north of Liberty in Blewett Pass.  In this area there were a large number of gold mines and old mining camps.  Most of the buildings were wiped out when the highway was built.  There were no buildings visible in August 2009.


(AKA – New Toroda)

Okanogan Co.

An early 1900s gold milling town along Toroda Creek, 15 miles north of Wauconda. It was founded in 1900, and lasted until at least 1962.

Bodie is one of the towns featured in my new book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM


·        Latitude: 48.8326674 / 48° 49’ 58” N

·        Longitude: -118.8967044 / 118° 53’ 48” W

·        SW¼ Sec 34, T39N, R31E, Willamette Base Line & Meridian


Gray’s Harbor Co.

This late 1800s gold mining center is located on SH 101, 14 miles east of Aberdeen and on the Satsop River across from the town of Satsop.


Pierce Co.

An early 1900s era coal mining town three miles south of Buckley off   SH 5.  The town was abandoned after World War II ended.


Okanogan Co.

This class D, 1890s gold camp along Meyers Creek, is ten miles east of Molson Junction in the northeast corner of the county.  It had 80 people remaining in 1990.


·        Latitude: 48.9460104 / 48° 56’ 46” N

·        Longitude: -119.0514316 / 119° 03’ 05” W

·        SW¼ Sec 21, T40N, R30E, Willamette Base Line & Meridian


Okanogan Co.

This class D-gold mining town is located seventeen miles northwest of Okanogan.  It was the county seat and was plagued by fire, flood and other natural disasters.


Okanogan Co.

A class D-logging camp on Omak Creek, about 15 miles east of Omak.  In 1990 there were still 30 folks here.

fort columbia

Pacific Co.



This late 1890s through 1946 era Coastal Defense Fort is one of the best preserved of this type fort in the West.  Four batteries and over a dozen wooden structures remain, and make for a great day of exploration.

This is our CURRENT Ghost Town of the Month (June 2015).


See our fort columbia page for additional details.


Pacific Co.

Fishing town located along the Columbia River east of the Astoria Bridge.  It dates to 1890 when the town plat was filed.


Okanogan Co.

Near Loomis, which is 13 miles west of Ellisford.  Ellisford is on US 97, 11 miles south of Oroville.  The overgrown site is located on a four-wheel-drive trail.


Okanogan Co.

Founded in 1903, this class D grist milling town was about 13 miles southwest of Chesaw, in the northeast part of the county.  A church and a school were also built, and still remain (August 2009).


·        Latitude: 48.8279443 / 48° 49’ 41” N

·        Longitude: -119.2042159 / 119° 12’ 15” W

·        SW¼ Sec 32, T39N, R29E, Willamette Base Line & Meridian


Pierce Co.

On east side of the peninsula on west side of Henderson Bay, 13 miles southwest of SH 16 at Purdy, which is 19 miles northwest of Tacoma.  It is located several miles north of Lake Bay, and a half-mile from the "modern" community of Home.


Pacific Co.

On the Columbia River and SH 401, several miles east of the Astoria Bridge.  Cement manufacturing and logging supported the town from 1871 until 1943 when the post office closed.  The site was heavily damaged in 1960 when the state highway was built through it. (UPDATE COMING SOON as this was one of the towns we visited in the Summer of 2014.)


Kittitas Co.

This old town is located 15 miles northeast of Cle Elum, two miles east of the main road along Boulder Creek.  A fascinating gold mining town with 30 folks remaining in 1990.


Klickitat Co.

On north side of Columbia River, just west of the US 97 bridge that crosses over the river at Biggs, Oregon, 18 miles east of The Dalles (OR).  There is a replica of Stonehenge and a well-known museum.


Kittitas Co.

Gold mining camp along Williams Creek, two miles south of Liberty.  It was the original camp and the people moved to Liberty as it was in a better location.


Spokane Co.

In 1990, 70 people still lived in this tiny lumbering town on the Little Spokane River/SH 2, 24 miles north of Spokane, in the northern point of the county.


Okanogan Co.

This is a wonderful old class D triple ghost in the mountains east of Oroville.  Old Molson was active from around 1900-1905.  New Molson was founded in 1905.  In 1914 a school was built between the two locations, and Center Molson was born. 

Molson is one of the towns featured in my new book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM

See our MOLSON page for additional details.


Okanogan Co.

Along the Similkameen River, 12 miles northwest of Oroville, and five miles south of the Canadian border. This late 1890s-1950s era gold milling center is quiet now, with only 30 people here in 1990.

Nighthawk is one of the towns featured in my new book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM


·        Latitude: 48.9665449 / 48° 58’ 00” N

·        Longitude: -119.6420210 / 119° 38’ 31” W

·       NW¼ Sec 13, T40N, R25E, Willamette Base Line & Meridian


Okanogan Co.

Established in 1896, this gold mining town is at the confluence of Toroda Creek and Cougar Creek, northeast of Wauconda, four miles south of Bodie.


·        Latitude: 48.7776639 / 48° 46’ 40” N

·        Longitude: -118.9114265 / 118° 54’ 41” W

·        N-Ctr Sec 21, T38N, R31E, Willamette Base Line & Meridian


Kitsap Co.

A class B lumber mill and shipping center located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, directly west of downtown Seattle.  Was in operation from 1863-1920s.  PHOTO!


Garfield/Whitman Co.

This one time river port is on the Snake River nine miles west of Clarkston burned in 1885.


Wahkiakum Co.

This class D-fishing town is along SH 4, eight miles northwest of Cathlamet in a shallow backwater along the north shore of the Columbia River.  It was a salmon fishing, canning and logging center, founded in the mid 1800s when access was only via riverboat. 

See our SkamOkAwa page for additional details.




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