Ghost Towns of Washington
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Most outdoor enthusiasts go hiking, fishing or mountain climbing, Ghost Towns of Washington has an enthusiasm all our own. Ghost Towns of Washington seeks out towns, mining sites, and historic sites that once existed or will cease to exist in the near future. Photographing and documenting these remnants of our past.
In 2010 we decided to embark on a series of weekend self guided adventures to ghost towns and historic mining sties in Washington. We set out seeking the thrill of adventure and undiscovered treasure. What we discovered was much more rewarding.
These sites revealed stories of disaster, sacrifice, and the rich history of the all but forgotten people who shaped many of our communities.
Ghost Towns of Washington is the most comprehensive site on the web listing ghost towns and the history of ghost towns, historic mining sites, and other significant points of historic importance in Washington State. We have visited 22 counties covering 52 town sites, 176 mines with over 15 miles of underground workings explored. Some of the sites we visit are "semi-ghost" meaning residents still live in the vicinity, but the economic activity and primary infrastructure of the town no longer exists as when founded.