The Eeriest Ghost Towns In Washington And How To Find Them
Ghost Towns always make you think of something haunted...it could be, but the name means the town has been deserted. This could be for a lot of reasons. Disease, disasters even bankruptcy. Washington was home to gold rushers, loggers, and of course railroaders. With all the booming industries slowly dying off back in the day, it left some empty towns and cities.
Washington has a plethora of Ghost Towns, I'm going to show you some of the spookiest ones around Washington and how to get there. You could even plan a road trip to visit all of them!
We start with something a little bit closer to home. Copper City is in Yakima County. It was home to miners that worked for Copper City Mining Company in the 1890s but would later become a sawmill in 1907. After years of work and an active community, the workers had picked up and left after transporting most of their materials to Tacoma, Washington. The city came to an official end in 1948. Copper City is 70 miles north of Yakima near the Bumping Mining district of Yakima County
Now, we travel to Kittitas Country to the Roslyn Cemetery, noted as one of the most diverse cemeteries between the 1800 and 1900s. It has over 25 separate cemeteries bordering one another. Established in 1886, it's been noted that over 24 different nationalities have been buried here with over 5,000 gravesites. It was not long after abandoned being left to to ruins. Many belonging to coal miners who had worked in the nearby area. You can find Roslyn Cemetery on the southeast side of Roslyn.
The Mineral Creek
Inside of Cle Elum, Mineral Creek was a Rod Mill where they produced over 25 tons of ore a day. What was once a booming industry for mining copper has become a flooded site with old machinery and equipment looming over parts of the creek. The development work had started back in 1917 and found an end by 1926. You can get to Mineral Creek by going south of Cle Elum in the mining district of Kittitas County Washington.
Coal Creek Trail
Some other ghost towns have more difficult access, Coal Creek is known for its trail and easily accessible to most people. Coal Creek was an old coal-mining town south of King County, known for the Ford Slope Mine that descended 1740 feet by 200 feet below sea level. It operated from 1905 to 1926 but didn't close down until 1963. There are many mines by Newcastle that remain as ruins to this day and can be examined, supplying over 400 tons of coal a day and employing over 250 men. Coal Creek is found on cougar mountain near Newcastle and found easily on GPS.
Monte Cristo was the start of a new mining town when Joseph L. Pearsall was moving through the area and discovered gold and silver. He was one of the leading fronts that brought the railroad thru the area. This caused a giant boom in the mining industry bringing both miners and businessmen. This boom started in 1895 and ended by 1912. in 1920 the mining industry ended and left the town abandoned. You can find Monte Cristo near Everett Washington in Snohomish County northeast of Monte Cristo Peak.
There are so many reasons why these towns became "Ghost Towns" some even natural disasters that left them looking for such. This cost them money and lively hoods.