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    Have you been to someplace of historical (in)significance? Share it here.

    I was hoping to present some photos I took last summer while visiting British Columbia but alas I can't figure out how to post them here. My B-I-L and his wife live close to USA border so we arranged a brief sojourn into Washington State. While there we visited an old ghost town called Old Molson for a couple hours. I'd heard about it from fellow forum member Falconer360, who digs up fossils further down the road. Wanted to go visit his dig site but we had bought steaks in another town close by (Oroville) and we were worried our cooler was losing its ability to keep them fresh. Eventually after stopping here we headed back to Canada. Anyway Molson (if I remember correctly, a population of 47) has an interesting history, a town that actually moved a short distance down the road from its original location to a new site. Didn't know it was named after a member of a famous Canadian brewing family until I found the website. We toured the old town and then made our way to the school(complete with gun club memorabilia no less), it was awesome, a frozen moment in time jammed packed with artifacts*.

    An interesting sidebar.....My BIL drives a Hummer and has decals with "I support the troops" stickers on his back bumper. Anyway between the two Molsons was a long uphill driveway leading to a house that was advertising a "yard sale". We drove up and as we were doing so a car follows us from the road. We stop, the other car too, and out pops this very old man. Turns out he is the owner of the property who went by the name Harry Stockwell, 93 years young and still drives a car. He notices my BIL's decals and then informs us that he is a veteran of WWII. He invites us all in and to my amazement his wife, also 93 greets us. They told us they'd lived there since war ended and had to move to a retirement home as it was getting hard to maintain their house at such a ripe old age. Harry's wife starts crying, and he goes into a room and returns with some WWII history books. He gives them to my BIL, shakes our hands & gives us hugs. I'll never forget that moment. I wonder how they made out.

    * if I ever figure out how to send pics I have some very delightful closeup shots of an old science classroom some may find interesting.


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    Ah, it's so cool to read about your adventures in my neck of the woods. Old Molson is an interesting place, I've been there several times over the years. I love how they've preserved the town, there's another ghost town somewhat nearby called Bodie that is really cool, but it hasn't been kept up like Molson. Which means you can see it degrade a little more each year unfortunately. Also very cool about Harry Stockwell, we have a local in our town who only gave up driving at the age of 95 (he's 98 now).

    My tattoo artist lives between Oroville and Tonasket, interestingly he's friends with comedian and actor Jack Black, and Jacks father Tom. Tom Black is a retired satellite engineer, and now lives in Tonasket. I know it's not very relevant to your trip other than that you ran the chance of running into either of the Blacks when you were in the area.

    This last August I visited The Maryhill Stonehenge, it's a concrete replica of Stonehenge, that was the first monument to honor the dead of WWI. We visited in early morning, before it became too hot outside and before more tourists showed up, so I got a lot of cool pictures. It makes me want to visit the real Stonehenge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    Ah, it's so cool to read about your adventures in my neck of the woods. Old Molson is an interesting place, I've been there several times over the years. I love how they've preserved the town, there's another ghost town somewhat nearby called Bodie that is really cool, but it hasn't been kept up like Molson. Which means you can see it degrade a little more each year unfortunately. Also very cool about Harry Stockwell, we have a local in our town who only gave up driving at the age of 95 (he's 98 now).

    My tattoo artist lives between Oroville and Tonasket, interestingly he's friends with comedian and actor Jack Black, and Jacks father Tom. Tom Black is a retired satellite engineer, and now lives in Tonasket. I know it's not very relevant to your trip other than that you ran the chance of running into either of the Blacks when you were in the area.

    This last August I visited The Maryhill Stonehenge, it's a concrete replica of Stonehenge, that was the first monument to honor the dead of WWI. We visited in early morning, before it became too hot outside and before more tourists showed up, so I got a lot of cool pictures. It makes me want to visit the real Stonehenge.
    If I ever get to Stonerose I'll look/ask for you and intro myself. What was more amazing was the geography of the area. Right out of an old homesteader movie, I was looking for Michael Landon's Charles Ingalls character to come riding past us at any moment. You won't believe this but for the hell of it I just Googled Harry Stockwell and found this. You can even find out his neighbor's names/addresses here. I guess identity theft doesn't cross the mind of Molson residents. Awesome.
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    A few places of historical significance I've visited:

    1. Fort Clatsop (Wintering quarters for Lewis and Clark)
    A friend of my parents worked on the earlier replica of the Fort built in 1955 and which was later destroyed in 2005 by a fire. I have yet to go back and see the new replica.
    Some of you might also remember back in the 1970's when a pair of marine captains, named Lewis and Clark, retraced the original expedition's path. I was there when they finished up their trek at Fort Clatsop. I was even appropriately attired in my older brother's buckskin jacket.

    2. Fort Stevens and Fort Columbia.
    Gun batteries first put in place during the Civil war and later used in WWII in order to guard the Mouth of the Columbia river.
    Fort Stevens saw some action during WWII when a Japanese sub off the coast fired a couple of shells at it.

    3. Jacksonville, OR, which has the Jacksonville Historic District, a National historic site. It was also the home of the first Chinatown in OR.

    4. Grand Coulee dam.
    A major work project during the depression and originally considered a boondoggle by many as they felt that the demand for electricity in the area was not great enough. Then WWII broke out and it turned out to be of great benefit to the War effort.
    It also has some personal signifacance for me as my Dad worked on the construction of this dam. He literally sold the farm and moved from Minnesota to do so. Here's a photo taken of Mom and the Dam from then(1938):


    5. The site of Custer's last stand.
    Been there twice, once as a kid and then later as an adult. On both occasions I encountered severe weather later that same day. The first time is was a hail storm with, I kid you not, hail stones the size of tennis balls. The second time it was a thunderstorm with winds that almost blew out tent away. I've learned my lesson and am unlikely to make a third visit.
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    Zin - Definitely do! Chances are that if we're open, I'll be there. Totally agree about the area by Molson looking like it was straight out of a homesteader movie. And that doesn't surprise me about Harry Stockwell. Most people in Ferry County for instance don't even lock their cars because crime is so low. It's very laid back here overall. Okanogan is a bit different though.

    Janus - That's a good list. Love the picture of Grand Coulee Dam. It's neat for me because I live within an hour of the dam and have drove by it many times. Thank you for sharing your history with it.
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    Janus.....your mom looked great but not sure if she should have been wearing those shoes for clambering around rocks.

    Even though I'm Canadian I'm intrigued by the American Civil War. I'm only 4-5 hrs from Gettysburg by car and it's on my bucket list.
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