Washington March 11, 2018
9 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Washington
Ask any Washingtonian about their hometown and they’ll list off all the ways it has changed. But despite the drastic differences between Washington now and “back in the day,” you can still find some spots where time stands still. These are a few awesome examples.
1. Mt. Rainier National Park
Visiting Mt. Rainier feels like experiencing living history. And you probably won't get much service when you're within the park limits, which is an added bonus if you want to feel like you're in "the good old days."
2. The Riverfront Park Looff Carousel, Spokane
This carousel has been at Riverfront Park since 1975, but it was built in 1909 by Charles Looff as a gift for his daughter, Emma Vogel, and her husband Louis Vogel, who owned Natatorium Park in Spokane. If you grew up in Eastern Washington, you probably have plenty of childhood memories involving both the park and the carousel.
3. Fort Worden, Port Townsend
Fort Worden was an active US Army base from 1902 to 1953, and now it's an incredibly beautiful state park where you can still tour the old bunkers and take pictures of the historic lighthouse.
4. Horseshoe Cafe, Bellingham
Bellingham's Horseshoe Cafe is Washington’s oldest continuously operating cafe and cocktail lounge. Although it has had to move locations a few times (locally), Washingtonians have been eating and drinking here since 1886.
5. Cape Flattery
Cape Flattery is the furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United States, and it looks the same as it did 100 year ago. You'll find it on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula near Port Angeles.
Roslyn was founded in 1886, and it has retained a historic charm like no other. In fact, the downtown core is registered as a National Historic Landmark district.
7. Port Gamble Historic District
Once the home of the Port Gamble sawmill, this tiny village looks like a little old New England town -- and the slow, sleepy vibe feels just like going back in time.
8. The Paramount Theatre, Seattle
The Paramount Theatre opened in 1928. The interior still has a "Roaring 20s" feel, and you can take a free tour on the first Saturday of every month. Sometimes The Paramount hosts Silent Movie Mondays as a true blast from the past.
Located in Lincoln County near Airway Heights, Davenport pays homage to the past with their annual Pioneer Days festivities on the third weekend in July. However, this little city will conjure up your nostalgia all year long.
Washington may be ever-changing, but we’ve still got plenty of places that will remind you of the past. Now, if only
a few of these places would reopen, we’d be thrilled.