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I heard about Elberton from a couple of townfolk in the nearby small town of Garfield, WA. It wasn't until this past summer that I finally got a chance to explore and find the once thriving town, now not so much. Only a handful of structures remain from what once was a 200 acre, 500 person town in a draw along the Oregon-Washington Railroad (no longer used). The town was evidently started by a man named C.D. Wilbur and named after his son Elbert. Due to several catastrophic events (a fire and the great depression to follow), the town began a rapid decline and is now down to about 15 full-time residents. Whitman County bought the townsite and made a park there with hiking trail and other paths through the ruins in 1970. The most prominant reminders of what once was are the in-tact Church (United Brethren, I believe) and the perennial gardens from homesteads past that continue to grow in the Spring. Below are a few pictures of what you see there now.
Standing nearly-forgotten between Kissimmee and Davenport is a large concrete monument that once welcomed visitors to Polk County, Florida's "Citrus Center" (though the marker is actually nearly a quarter mile from the county line in Osceola County). Around 1930, several of these markers were erected at entry points to the county, and today only three remain. This one stands in its original home, along what was once the Tampa Highway/Dixie Highway/Lee Jackson Highway. Interestingly, on one side of the monument, Citrus is actually misspelled 'Citurs.' Apparently, there was a vote early this year to move the monument to a more prominent location, which was voted down. The highway has since been re-routed to the east (US-92), but 'Old Kissimmee Road' or 'Old Tampa Highway' still remains, and even has original brick paving in places. Definitely a cool find.
Life and work in the Ryan District, Death Valley, California, 1914-1930: a historic context for a borax mining community By Mary Ringhoff Life_and_Work_in_the_Ryan_District.pdf
For anyone who cares to take a look, I have completed a new gallery. This is the area where we will be looking for mountain lions http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-cindy-nunn.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=283540