Hazel Trailhead

There’s a little gravel pull-off along the side of Highway 530 between Arlington and Darrington, Wa. You wouldn’t think from just driving by that there is plenty to explore here as well as richness in history of a town long forgotten. From the parking area you have the choice to let your eyes feast upriver…

Monte Cristo Townsite

From 1899 to 1907 Monte Cristo was a mining town. Harvesting mainly gold and Silver. Later on it became a resort town and now a well preserved ghost town. Something we don’t see enough of in the dampness of the great PNW. The hike out to the townsite is an adventure in its own. You…

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Cemetery

Way out past Darrington, WA is an Indian reservation and beyond that is a quiet, secluded place where they have laid their people to rest for over a century now. The Sauk-Suiattle Cemetery is sacred ground and you can sense it just being there. Several miles through dense, pristine wilderness on the Suiattle River Road…

Elliot Creek and Goat Lake

I had a day to myself and decided to go on a solo hike to one my favorite local hikes. The Elliot Creek & Goat Lake Trail is situated along the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and Darrington, Wa. It’s a long 10.4 miles roundtrip with a 1400 foot elevation gain. Not too far…

Washington Portland Cement Plant

In 1905 the apparent surplus of limestone in the Skagit Valley area and New York money brought the Washington Portland Cement Company to the Eastern banks of the Baker River. The area was then appropriately named Cement City”. This particular plant was first, but not the only. Just across river, in the town of Baker,…

Fort Casey

Fort Casey is located on Whidbey Island and operated from 1907-1917 as a military fort. During WWI much of the artillery was shipped over seas for use on the battlefield, but the facility continued to stage soldiers for departure to the front lines in Europe. Today this 999 acre park stands as a monument to…

Machias Cemetery Part Two – Andersonville POW camp

In this segment we return to the story of Machias’s badass, Corporal Horace J. Andrus. My sister had the pleasure of meeting Corporal Andrus at the Machias Cemetery. He was laid to rest there in 1903. I recently had an opportunity to visit Andersonville POW camp on a recent trip to Georgia and had the…

Rucker’s Tomb – Tribute to a Mother’s Love

The Ruckers came to Everett to seek their fortune and that is just what they did. They became one of the wealthiest families in the area. Wyatt & Bethel Rucker are often considered the fathers of Everett. They were land developers and business men. They did much to develop the area. When Wyatt & Bethel…

Eagle Ridge Park

Eagle Ridge Park in Lake Stevens, Wa is not your typical park with playground equipment and built in barbecues. Rather it is a playground for the imagination. No play equipment, just nature. I took my niece there today and we had the whole place to ourselves. The park grounds is shared with the Lake Stevens…

Cicely, Alaska A.K.A. Roslyn

I’m not a big TV watcher, but there are a couple of shows I really loved. One of these is Northern Exposure. It ran from 1990 to 1995. Northern Exposure was about a small town in Cicely, Alaska. The series was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington. This small town has also been used as the…

Oso Pioneer Cemetery 1888-1935

Way out in the little mountain town of Oso, Washington sits a nearly forgotten and well hidden little cemetery. The picturesque landscape that surrounds it gives you a sense of why way back in 1888 it was chosen as a final resting place, arguably, for some of the toughest pioneers in the area. Their reason…

Franklin Ghost Town

The thing I loved most about this hike is that it has a so many different branches and off shoots.  There is so much to see here.  Franklin was a sprawling mining town with a population that fluctuated greatly. The community began in the 1890s when the railroad arrived and several coal mines were established….

The Old Cloverdale Farm – Whitehorse Trail

The Whitehorse Trail spans 27 miles from Arlington to Darrington, Wa. Connecting from the Centennial trail and following the North Fork Stillaguamish River upstream along an old BNSF railroad grade. The line was originally laid in 1901 and served several mill and mining operations along the way. This afternoon I thought I would make a…

Fortson Mill Ghost Town

This morning my husband and I had to run down below (that’s what Darrington folks call going to town). On the way I wanted to stop at Fortson to get some photos to accompany the story I’m about to tell you. The history of a town that could have made it, but didn’t. As we…

The Snohomish Pioneer Cemetery

I do have a few strange hobbies and among them are exploring cemeteries. The older the better! Today I thought I’d take a quick trip to Snohomish and check out a place I hadn’t visited in an eternity. To my surprise, a lot had changed. So I figured I’d give you guys a little history…

Melmont Ghost Town

Melmont was a coal mining town established in 1900 near Mount Rainier.  It flourished for a short period of time and disappeared completely in the 1920s.  The demise of the town was due to a decline in coal prices. I have seen a few stories online about Melmont that reference a crime that occured in…

Looking for a Pacific Northwest Ghost Town Adventure?

The Northern State Mental Institution Ghost Town will not disappoint. The park is located near Sedro Woolley, WA and is easily accessible by well-maintained trails that guide you around the many abandoned buildings that remain on the property. My sister, Liz, found this gem of a walk. The walk itself can be spooky in the…