We are on the West side of the Cascade Mountains, but when I want to ‘get away,’ I usually head east. Central Washington is mostly high desert, dry land farming, scab lands, green irrigated bottom land, cold winters and hot summers.
The Town of Almira caught my attention in my history interest: I found that the first headquarters of the Grand Coulee Dam Project was located here. This building is now the Town Hall. Almira is between Coulee City and Wilbur. What? Well, Highway 2 is a gem that moves you through the most beautiful country. I talked to some of the staff that were available at the Almira Town Hall, but they did not have a clue how historic this building was.
I took a few photos of this town that seems to be stuck, still, in 1935, FDR was President!
The Hotel in this town got a partial renovation, but seems to be for sale again. I snapped this photo on the main street, between 3rd and 4th. That classic Edsel looked just right in that weedy patch, tumble weeds, old brick building. And this is on the ‘Main’ Street! Old Highway 2 used to run right up the Main street, but now skirts town to the South.
I was interested to see if that old Edsel was still sitting there, so did a Google Maps search and there it was, right in the center of the satellite view below. (Note, 11/15/2013, I just checked Google Maps and that Edsel is gone and that vacant weedy lot is all different!) I have also included a few photos of the old hotel and what downtown Almira looks like.
’til next time,
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501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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