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Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Two

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

Assay Office

Mining Tools

Mining Tools 2

Old Molson Bank

Old Molson Bank 2

Bank Typewriter

Bank Safe

Printing Press

Newspaper Advertisement

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Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One

Continuing on with our one day road trip, we come to Old Molson Ghost Town

Hubby and I were here, perhaps 20 years ago with our children, and it doesn’t look like anything has changed since then.  It is not touristy…no one was here when we visited then, and no one was here this day either.  There are no gift shops, no restaurants, etc.  This is a ghost town after all, folks!

It will be the last ghost town visit this day, but it is also very rich in history.  The town has been made into a museum, free to the public, and with a wealth of antiques that everyone is allowed to touch.  Except for a few smaller items, nothing is roped off.  The buildings are open, and the place is a great hands on educational experience for both the young and the old.

Old Molson Sign

Hubby and I took loads of photos, so the next few blog posts will be photos of farm and logging machinery, and a host of other tools and such.  Old Molson makes it fun and easy to imagine yourself as a miner, a logger, a cowboy, a farmer or a homesteader in days gone by.


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Wagon Wheel


Wagon 2

Shingle Mill/Law Office

Shingle Mill Tools

Law Office Wood Stove

Law Office

Reward Sign

Bodie Ghost Town

Scenic View

Continuing on with our day road trip on the scenic highway, we come to Bodie, an old mining ghost town. 

The road passes right through this abandoned town, so access is very, very easy. 

If you are expecting entertainment and tourism, then this is not your town.  But if you have imagination and love the old west, then you’ll enjoy exploring here.  It is a western photographer’s dream.


 There are a lot of untold stories in the ruins.  The buildings are not restored; they are in various degrees of dilapidation.  If you are finicky, then you won’t want to explore because of bird and packrat droppings.  It is what it is.

Bodie Bunkhouse

Bodie Bunkhouse Front

Inside Bunkhouse

Inside Bunkhouse

Bodie in Washington State

Indoors of a Cabin

Bodie in Washington State

Detail of Log Building

Bodie in Washington State

Bodie in Washington State

Bodie in Washington State

Wheaton Homestead

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Here is a YouTube video of Bodie:

Sherman Pass

Recently, Hubby packed a picnic lunch and took me on a day trip.  The sky was blue and the sunshine felt great!  We couldn’t have asked for a better day for a long drive in the car!

If you like history, then you will enjoy the next few blog posts!

We began the drive by heading west…to Sherman Pass.  There is still plenty of snow up there!

White Mountain

Sherman Pass is located on the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway in my home state of Washington.  It traverses the Colville National Forest in the Cascade Range.

Sherman Pass

Sherman Pass Elevation

Although these wolves are metal, we do have wolves in our corner of the state.  I have seen them once…in my back yard.  Many of the ranchers in my area are having difficulties with wolves.  As you can imagine, wolves are a very controversial subject here.

Wolves Sculpture

Wolf Sculpture

This little fella is a Clark’s Nutcracker.  He didn’t mind at all having his picture taken.

Clark's Nutcracker

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Dry Falls and Grand Coulee Dam

Did you know that Dry Falls in Washington State is ten times the size of Niagara?  Yup…Dry Falls is the largest waterfall in the world.  That is, it was the largest waterfall in the world; now it is extinct, but still impressive to see.

My sisters, hubby and I have a Dad Day once a year, where we take him on a day trip, and this year we took him to Dry Falls and Grand Coulee Dam.

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Grand Coulee Dam is the largest dam in the United States.  We happened to be the last tour of the season.

A fire this summer burned the surrounding hills.

The spillways were not open this day, but still fun to look down from the top of the dam.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lake behind the Grand Coulee Dam.

I  encourage you to take day trips and explore the countryside where you live.  If you can, take your Dad too!