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    I ran across a community development in that area called Rimrock Meadows that says it was built around a now non-functional horse race track. I wonder if that's it?

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    I'd have to say that looks to be it. I found the Rimrock Meadows website, which says it's approximately 16 miles northwest of Ephrata, and lo and behold, this site is just under 16 and 1/2 miles from downtown Ephrata, and says it is on the edge of Moses Coulee, which fits exactly. That must be it.

    I still wonder what the connection to the name McCarteney is, unless it's something to do with the railroad that never went through.
    Easily distracted.

    Current distraction: Railroad Depots

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    Good catch, Tsarevena. It looks like you nailed it.

    Now Darin has to come up with some sort of prize for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeZona View Post
    Good catch, Tsarevena. It looks like you nailed it.

    Now Darin has to come up with some sort of prize for you
    I'm thinkin front row seats to the rodeo at the McCartney State Fair...Joe's buyin!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin View Post
    I'm thinkin front row seats to the rodeo at the McCartney State Fair...Joe's buyin!!!
    You're on!

    So long as you are the first one out of the chute, Darin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeZona View Post
    You're on!

    So long as you are the first one out of the chute, Darin!
    Joe, don't you know you're suppose to save the best fer last!

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    Found two newspaper links about the track.
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=4043,2558007

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=2664,2211885


    It used to have a North American track code of RIM.
    http://www.equineline.com/aqha/dirre...qlrfnatrck.htm

    I wish I could get a hold of some old race photos.

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    Smile Mccarteney Washington

    I recently wanted see what had happened to our ranch North of Ephrata in the Moses Coulee. I noticed it being marked as McCarteney where the rodeo grounds and race track where located. In doing some more research I found this thread dated 2005. Thought just maybe everyone would be interested in what the buildings are. There were 5 houses located on the ranch at the time we lived there. One was an old school house. The long buildings in question are stalls, if I remember right 164 total. In that area was a huge rodeo grounds and race track (which look like they have been torn down). At one time the second largest Race track in the state of Washington. All built as part of a big planned Resort. The swimming pool and resort club house are above the Coulee Walls south of the Ranch, its where I was married!
    Where the runway is, use to be a gathering place for the Indians, they would hold their Indian games here, we found many artifacts in this area. Behind the main house (large pond on map) is a spring fed pond that at the time of our ownership was pumping out 1500 gallons a minute. Back when I was doing research on the property I found information talking about the massive ball of snakes found close to this area. We had terrible rattle snake problems!
    Back to the buildings the old school, which was converted into a home and the grain silo (which is built of hand hewn 2x4's stacked flat)(amazing building), are the only standing historical buildings other than a few in ground rock cellars that where at the end of the runway.
    A beautiful area, rich in history. I was always fascinated by the beautiful areas history. A harsh place to live in today's world. I can only imagine how tough the pioneers were to live in this area.

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