Washington is home to tons of abandoned places. Some are more creepy, while other places are fascinating simply because they’re hidden behind nature. Check out these ten structures in our state that are slowly being reclaimed by the Earth:
1. An abandoned motel & gas station just outside of the Grand Coulee area.
This vintage service station may not pump your gas anymore, but it's definitely an interesting sight to see near Hartline.
2. These steps were captured at an abandoned missile site on Cougar Mountain.
From this perspective, you can see the steps leading from the administration section of the base all the way up to the radar section.
3. The Cowlitz Motel and RV Park has been empty for years.
This abandoned resort can be found just off I-5 between Toledo and Vader. Besides a great camping spot, they used to offer golf, whitewater paddling, fishing, swimming and plenty of other spectacular amenities.
4. Gravity seems to be slowly reclaiming this grain elevator by the Palouse.
As seen near Pullman (2012).
5. Here's a remaining structure from the Northern State Mental Hospital.
A few of the buildings here are still in use as Job Corps facilities, but there's still a number of unoccupied structures that stand. You can head out and explore the deteriorating (and haunted) spots if you dare in Sedro-Woolley.
6. The remains of an old schoolhouse in the
ghost town of Melmont.
The building originally had three stories, but the top two were taken down so the wood could be used for construction elsewhere. If you're up for adventurous hike, you can find this abandoned place in the Mount Rainier area.
7. This old, forgotten hay barn was seen along the side of a dirt road in rural Eastern Washington.
Wonder if it will ever be reconstructed?
8. A structure near an abandoned limestone mine, engulfed by trees and moss.
Captured above the Lower Baker Dam near Concrete.
9. The remains of an old "Homestead Locaters" office in Molson.
These "Homestead Locater" offices were built to help deal with the excessive amount of immigrants in the area from the late 1890s-1910s.
10. In the ghost town of Nighthawk, you can find the Ruby Mine & Mill reclaimed by trees and branches.
While it is empty, most of this previous facility is still incredibly intact - just hidden behind surrounding nature. The building's located right up against the mountain whose ore it once processed before abandonment.
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