Ghost Town or Grain Silo?
In trying to investigate potential ghost towns throughout Washington, I've discovered what has become a very prevalent roadblock.
In the wheat country of Eastern Washington, there are numerous old railroad and farming towns that have passed on, leaving little more than name on a map, or a couple of buildings to signify that they ever existed. At first, I took many of the names I'd find, and assume them to be a former community.
However, we all know what assuming does...
Eventually, I realized so many of the places I cataloged are no more than "Cement" here:
The name may appear on the tracks, and like numerous places, even on some maps, but there never really was a community. Instead, it is just a name given to signify where there was something significant, which usually amounts to a grain silo along the tracks, or in some cases a wye in the tracks, or something similar that isn't much of interest to a ghost town hunter.
However, every once and a while the story is different, such as Tokio, where no buildings stand after grassland fires of the recent decades, or Riparia, where everything was torn down of a once-significant community.
So the question really comes down to what of the collection of locations I have was once a real community, and what is just a name? And how can I tell? I lucked out in trying to research and found an article on the history of Riparia, while the silo location of "Revere" turned up articles referencing it as such. But so many turn up nothing more than the notion that it is a name attributed to a place, so the hunt continues...
Current distraction: Railroad Depots