GPS: 47.612325, -118.721406 ?
Directions: There are three points of interest that seem to be part of Wheatridge. From Wilbur Washington head 7.8 miles south on Highway 21 to Axtel Road to the first point. Visible from Highway 21 is an abandoned farm.
Abandoned Farm outside the Ghost Town of Wheatridge Washington
The next point of interest is a mile south on Highway 21 at the next road crossing. It is the Wheatridge Fairview Cemetery. This is a small cemetery with about ten head stones in it. While it is obviously taken care of, the day I was there it was still over grown. The Internet says that a number of graves have been removed over the years.
The last stop on our trio of points of interest is the Wheatridge school. Simply keep heading south on Highway 21, it can not be missed as it will be on a hill directly in front of the road.
The building is being preserved by being clad in corrugated metal. The grounds are well taken care of, but inside the school building is nothing but debris.
I know nothing about Wheatridge or Fairview at all. I do not know if they are separate locations that shared a cemetery or if they were the same community with multiple names. I can not even find if there was a post office around. The only information I can find is a number of news articles of crimes committed “in” Wheatfield “near” Wilbur.
If you know anything more about Wheatridge/Fairview, please post below!
GPS: 47.694141, -118.407965
Head west along US Highway 2 from Davenport Washington. At 13 miles take a left on to Telford Road. The town was about half a mile down this road where it crosses the train tracks.
Telford was a stop on the Central Washington Railroad.
According to “Origin of Washington Geographic Names” , “Named on July 4th, 1909 for M.A. Telford, a prosperous rancher in that vicinity. The railroad tried to change the name to “Fellows” when the road was being constructed.
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GPS: 47.612752, -119.813885
Directions: From Wenatchee head north along US Route 2 which parallels the Columbia River. At the town of Orondo Route 2 takes a sharp right east. Follow Route 2 for 37 miles, through the towns of Waterville and Douglas. Farmer was at the intersection of US Route 2 and Highway 172. At this intersection will be the Farmer’s Community Hall on the left, two grain silos on the right, and signs pointing left to Withrow and Mansfield.
I am not able to find much history of Farmer. But there are a number of interesting buildings here. The old general store and a barn are behind the two grain silos in a field. And north along Highway 172 is the cemetery on the left and an abandoned farm right. The farmhouse is gone, but there are two nice looking barns here and a bit of rubble.
Another abandoned farm is about 1/2 mile north on the right side down a road. It can be seen from the main road, but has no trespassing signs.
View of the Cemetery on a slight hill overlooking acres of farmland.
Nothing known. Please comment below if you know anything about Farmer.
Name: Windom (Lewis County)
GPS: 46.412606, -122.638418
Directions: Only accessible during hunting season when Weyerhaeuser opens the roads to the public. The exact location of the “town” is debatable, but it was likely about a mile north along Cedar near the Wisdom Mine where Cuts Road and Cedar Creek Road intersect.
Description: Nothing remains of Wisdom except for a small graveyard called “Homestead Cemetery” that contains two graves. The deceased are Sarah Marinth Withrow and Mira Cordelia McKinna.
Windom was likely named after the Windom mine and seems to have contained less then a dozen houses and farms. It is unclear how large of an operation the mine was, and if it’s workers considered themselves part of Windom or just went there for supplies.
GPS: 47.664381, -117.778262
Hite is about about six miles west of Fairchild Air Force Base. Head west along Highway US-2. Take a right onto S Coulee Hite Road/S McEneany Road. After a mile and a half the there will be grain silos on the left. Hit was there.
I am able to find very little information about Hite other then the fact that it was a stop along the Central Washington Railroad. If you know anything about this little town, please comment below!