Washington Farms & Wildlife, Nature January 25, 2023
by Howard Frisk , Guest Contributor
These Abandoned Farmhouses Spread Across The Washington Countryside Are Eerily Beautiful
Washington state, and Seattle in particular, are famous for their rainy and cloudy days; however, the eastern half of Washington is just the opposite. It has a very dry climate, thanks to the
Cascade Mountain Range, which runs down the middle of the state. This has resulted in very well-preserved abandoned buildings. Because there is so little precipitation, these old wooden structures remain standing for decades after they are abandoned. Viewing these structures is a fascinating look at how things change over time. By looking at these abandoned places in Washington you can picture another time altogether when society ran very differently.
Alstown was located on an old railroad line that connected Mansfield to the Columbia River. The tracks were torn up years ago and the town pretty much died after that. Now it's scattered with abandoned farms in Washington.
Bluestem is actually a ghost town with about a dozen abandoned buildings. It was named after a variety of wheat that farmers once grew in the area. You can imagine how this must have been a thriving and bustling town at one point.
Mansfield isn't a completely abandoned town, just a small one with less than 500 people living there. But there are many abandoned buildings there from former times.
Often, modern farmers will just plant their crops around these abandoned houses. It's easier to let them stand than to tear them down. The result is a strange series of structures protruding from fields of wheat and produce.
This was once a bedroom on the second floor. The only things residing there now are spirits.
Who was the little girl that once wore this dress? Your mind can go wild imagining what life must have been like back when these abandoned Washington buildings were thriving.
This is one of several abandoned buildings still standing in Goodnoe Hills. The front porch collapsed just a few years ago. We live in structures day after day and never consider what might happen to a building if it's not maintained. These homes are a good example.
Pine City is a community in Washington with an estimated population of less than 100 people.
Even though it's not officially a ghost town, in fact it's not a town at all, it certainly has that eerie feel to it.
Inside some of these old buildings you can find chairs poised as though someone just got up from them.
Yes, there is actually a town in Washington named "Mold." Across the street from this creepy place is the even creepier Mold Cemetery. We can't say we've actually seen mold growing on anything, but there's certainly a neglected feel about the place.
This house was constructed during the asphalt shingle siding era, which unfortunately, did not withstand the test of time. But it does offer some interesting architectural history.
Pullman is like a lot of abandoned places in Washington, its economy has ebbed and flowed over the years.
Although Pullman is an active city, there are still many abandoned buildings around it.
More often than not, these abandoned farmhouses are also surrounded by dead trees, which adds to the lonely environment. It's bleak out on these lone plains with not a person in sight.
The remains of a children's bedroom. From the articles left in the room you can get a sense of the period in history it was a part of.
This one-eyed teddy bear was found in the second floor hallway.
Old and new: high tech wind turbines are an increasingly common sight among old abandoned farmhouses in Klickitat County. It's a fascinating way to revitalize an underutilized space.
Photographer Howard Frisk travels across Washington to capture the stunningly beautiful of the state. Check out his incredible images featured in “The Seven Wonders of Washington State” and visit Howard Frisk Photography or the WashingtonPhotographs website to see more of his excellent work!
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