Remains of Meagher’s Cabin in Liberty Historic District. Thomas Meagher is
credited with finding the old gold bearing channel of Williams Creek.
The mining camp was named Meaghersville before it became the present
Liberty, WA 1850 -Present  

Site visit 2011


Liberty is a small community in Kittitas County, located in the Swauk mining district, Washington. Following the discovery of gold in Swauk creek in 1873, Liberty was one of several gold-mining camps that sprang up.   The discovery of gold in the Swauk is closely tied to the earliest beginnings of Kittitas County. The Swauk creek discovery is notable for producing specimens of crystalline gold or wire gold.

Originally established as Williams Creek in 1850, renamed Meaghersville in 1897, and named Liberty in 1916, it is the oldest mining townsite in Washington.

The historic townsite is located on a mining claim called the New Discovery Placer. 


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Liberty Miners circa 1900    

Workings of an abandoned mine.


Ore flume from the abandoned mine.

Mine near Liberty. 

Unknown name mine in Liberty.

Bronco Mine Liberty 1890
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Kittitas County Mining Towns


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