Our final stop of the day was the ghost town of Elberton, Washington.
Elberton is near the valley of the Palouse River and Silver Creek, so it provided a nice location to establish a town in the late 1800's. In the 1870's Giles D. Wilbur built a water powered sawmill there that provided lumber for many area barns and homes. Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. also built a rail line through the valley. The town was plated in 1886 by Sylvester M. Wait, and named in honor of his son Elbert. By 1888, Elberton had a flour mill, post office, two general stores, a blacksmith & wagon shop, two grain warehouses, a livery stable and a church. The town continued to grow throughout the 1890's, however, after the turn of the century, having cut down all the nearby timber, the sawmill moved to Idaho. Then after a devastating fire in 1908 and serious flooding in 1910, Elberton began to decline. Now most of the buildings are gone and the Whitman County Parks Dept. owns most of the land.
This wasn't the "ghost town" we had pictured in our minds when we set off to find it, but it was a very neat town to explore. There isn't much left of what used to be however, except a church, a bridge, some old busted cars, barns, and a forgotten cemetery.