Copper mining in Washington State was a pretty strong industry in the early 1900’s to mid-1930’s. But once World War Two ended, the price of metal ores dropped.
A number of mines and the towns that grew around them, known as Boom Towns, withered and busted.
This left a bunch of abandoned Ghost Towns and Ghost stories in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range.
Many of these towns virtually disappeared. But due to the efforts of historians and preservationists, the stories about these forgotten places are being written. Some for the first time.
Since many of these places have only recently been rediscovered, there are few, if any, safety improvements to the sites. Enter at your own risk, as it were.
Armed with a flashlight, a water bottle, jacket, and a camera, I venture to find the trail head that will lead me to the site.
The drive isn’t a long one. Just 45 minutes from downtown Seattle is Snoqualmie Pass. It’s another 20 minutes from there to the trailhead.
It isn’t a popular trail so there aren’t a bunch of hikers here. In the winter the snowshoe crowd is surprisingly large. Only small traces of snow remain even though it is early Spring. The State has been flirting with drought conditions for the better part of a decade, until recently. Since today is a little overcast and mid-week, I have the trail to myself.
About two miles into the hike I hear the strangest sound. A dull whirring. Not mechanical, but strangely familiar.
It gets louder as I continue.
It isn’t a whirring at all.
“Oh Crap! BEES!!”