Elberton Ghost Town – Garfield, Washington - Atlas Obscura
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Garfield, Washington

Elberton Ghost Town

A nearly abandoned 19th-century town on the Palouse. 

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On the Palouse, a unique landscape of pastoral rolling hills stretching across the border of Washington and Idaho, a small town was formed in 1886 by Sylvester Wait and named after his son, Elbert. Elberton soon began to flourish, boasting a flour mill, post office, black smile shop, general stores, grain warehouse, and a church.

By 1900, the population reached 400. Unfortunately, a fire hit the town in 1908 followed by a flood two years later, which would be the catalyst to the decline in population. Today, there are only about 15 residents within the vicinity of Elberton. Landmarks that remain include the United Brethren Church, an abandoned railroad trestle, an old overgrown cemetery, several abandoned homes and cars, and an old obstacle course that may still be in use for private parties.

Know Before You Go

The church is on the main road through Elberton and the obstacle course is across the street. The abandoned train tracks and bridge are found behind the church. The cemetery is a right turn off of the main road; the tombstones will be on the right side of the road and heavily covered in grass.

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