Washington Gold & Gem Maps
The Washington Ghost Towns/Sites: Then and Now package features a transparent overlay printed from a modern Washington road system and placed over the four sections of the 1889 map of Washington. The purpose is to show the changes in the state over a period of approximately 100 years. Place names and/or early sites may appear on the historical maps but may be absent on the current map.The reader should note that some of the early locations were moved from time to time while others changed their names or simply failed.
Accompanying text with anecdotal stories from the history of each of the four sections of the state appears on the reverse sides of maps #3-6. For example, located in the NE section of the Oregon 1900, Wallowa County, Leap had established a post office in a ranch house in 1892 — apparently the name was chosen because it was a leap year. Many additional place names appear in the NE section of the state including Bake Oven, Gooseberry, Monkland and Grade. Oftentimes the post office operated for just a few short years as was the case for Clifford (1894-1901) and Flickbar (1897-1899).