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Molson

The historic town of Molson, is near the border with Canada in north central Washington State. It is preserved as a heritage town of this region, and is known as Washington's best known almost-ghost town.

It is located 14 miles east of Oroville. In its heyday, there was a newspaper, three general stores, three saloons, a dance hall, a hotel, and more.

Molson was originally a gold mining boom-town founded by the Molson Family of Montreal. It served as a trading center and home for the miners until the boom ended in the late 1890s and its population plunged until the area opened to homesteaders in 1900. A new boom occurred in the early 1900s when the Great Northern Railway came directly through town and contributed to the construction in 1914 of an amazing 3 storey brick school house and a brick recreation center.
Back Room
Back Room
Classroom
Classroom
Threshing Machine
Threshing Machine
Elsa's Crib
Elsa's Crib
Engine No. 10950
Engine No. 10950
Engine No. 10950
Engine No. 10950
Fence
Fence
Forsaken
Forsaken
Highlands Carriage
Highlands Carriage
Horse Collar
Horse Collar
Intertype
Intertype
Law & Order of the Highlands
Law & Order of the Highlands
Law & Order of the Highlands II
Law & Order of the Highlands II
Leaded Glass
Leaded Glass
Left Behind
Left Behind
McCormick-Deering
McCormick-Deering
McCormick-Deering (colour)
McCormick-Deering (colour)
Molson Cemetery
Molson Cemetery
Molson Ghost Tractor
Molson Ghost Tractor
Molson High
Molson High
Molson School
Molson School
New Fan-dangled Stove
New Fan-dangled Stove
Office of the Law
Office of the Law
Old Shingle Mill
Old Shingle Mill
Pig in the Window
Pig in the Window
Reception
Reception
Sherling Family - 1902
Sherling Family - 1902
Stove
Stove
The Gate
The Gate
The Little Engine That Did
The Little Engine That Did
The Olde Back Room
The Olde Back Room
Time for School
Time for School
Window Light on Piano
Window Light on Piano
Ye Olde Molson 1900
Ye Olde Molson 1900
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Easy Spindrier
Easy Spindrier
The Wurlitzer
The Wurlitzer