Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2016 Edition

2016 North Country Ghost Town tour
An 1,100 mile adventure
August 26-29, 2016

Stardate 71473.2
aka Julie's Birthday
August 29, 2016

Visit the Pacific Northwest Ghost Towns of
Liberty, Washington
Bodie, Washington
Curlew, Washington
Govan, Washington
Molson, Washington
Molson Cemetery
Old Molson, Washington
Malo, Washington

With stops in
Omak, Washinton
Okanogan, Washington
Oroville, Washington
Wauconda, Washington
Republic, Washington
Chesaw, Washington
Davenport, Washington
Dry Falls, Washington
Fruitland, Washington
Fort Spokane, Washington
Grand Coulee Dam
Cashmere, Kettle Falls, Creston
Soap Lake, Ephrata, Toppenish

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We were in Liberty, Washington in 2014 and 2016.

We were in Cashmere, Washington in 2013 and 2014.

We were in Toppenish, Washington in 2014.

It was a gorgeous, bluebird long weekend. Not a drop of rain. The sun
was really blaring at a few location stops which made photo taking difficult.
We did get a few good images though. Pretty unlikely we will ever be back
here again so we took a LOT of pictures.

These were taken with my Nikon D810 and my nifty fifty 50mm, f/1.2 manual focus
40 year old prime lens.

Curlew is located at the confluence of Long Alec Creek and the Kettle River.
Its elevation is 1800 feet above sea level.

One of the most popular sites on Kettle River in summer is the Old Swimming Hole
near the center of town. Curlew was a pick-up point for moonshine that was dropped
in the Kettle River. The tradition is still celebrated on the first Sunday in June
each year during the Curlew Barrel Derby Days. A barrel is set adrift in the Kettle
River at the Job Corpe Brigde, and local citizens bet on when it will reach town.

n 1896 two traders, Guy S. Helphry and J. Walters, set up a general store at an old
ferry crossing near the junction of Curlew Creek and Kettle River. The site around
the store grew into a collection of log buildings and other stores. By 1901, a
bridge was built across the Kettle River and the community had grown to a population
of 200. The community contained two general stores, two saloons, a hotel, two livery
stable, a dry goods store and several other businesses. In 1898, a post office was
established and the town was named "Curlew." Miners, railroad workers, natives, and
others passed through the region. Nearby mines such as Drummer, Lancaster and Panama
grew. Curlew never really expanded beyond those early boom years. In the 1950s, there
was nearby Curlew Air Force Station, part of the network of Air Defense Command radar
stations. The radar site is gone, but the base is in use by Job Corps.

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