Ritzville 4 Upstairs

Recently I was allowed to photograph in the space above the Orris Dorman Building on Main Street in Ritzville.  Upstairs there is a grand ballroom and the remains of various offices.  This entire space is being lovingly restored by local volunteers.  The ground floor has been used as a saloon and…

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Eastern WA North, South, East, West

My photographic work in eastern Washington has concentrated on showing the ordinary in interesting ways – “beauty” where it is easily overlooked or to illustrate stories. I introduced my 4 Corners work some time ago (Neighborhoods August 18th).  Here is a different version of that concept.  Although there is much…

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Excitement

Last week I  was able to make another excursion to eastern Washington after avoiding going over during the long, extremely hot summer.  I was able visit with old friends and rephotograph many areas.  I also wanted to try to look at the landscape with new eyes, and start exploration of some areas…

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Aluminum

Exterior, Columbia Gorge Aluminum Plant The Columbia Gorge Aluminum Plant is adjacent to the John Day Dam.   Aluminum smelting plants require prodigious amounts of electrical energy – we were told that this plant consumed enough electricity to power the city of Portland!  It operated between 1971 and 2003.  My…

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Harrington 2

Harrington United Methodist Church Hwy 23 or 3rd street is the road along which ‘downtown’ Harrington is spread.  That is where you will find  the Opera House and the abandoned gas station mentioned in last weeks post along with many interesting old buildings. Hotel Lincoln I met Jerry and Karen Allen…

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Harrington 1

  Harrington, looking south  Harrington is a town of about 400 in Lincoln County due north of Ritzville. In appearance it is more like the communities of the more prosperous Palouse wheat country than its southern neighbors of the hardscrabble region. However, it suffers the same notable vacant buildings and…

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Ritzville 4

This posting on Ritzville is really about some more of the people that I met there.   There are, of course, many more people to meet which is one of the main reasons that I continue to return.  They all have their own stories. Unfortunately I do not have a…

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Lily and Scotty, Ritzville 3

  Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ I first saw Lily and Scotty walking hand in hand getting the morning air and the thought occurred to me that they might make an interesting couple to photograph. However, I had the historic Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ with its unusual…

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Ritzville 2

Weber’s Repair Ritzville draws me and requires two more postings.  There are several people that are working to save what they can of historic Ritzville. They do not always agree on what should be done but recapturing some of what the town was is uppermost in their minds.  Old buildings have…

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Ritzville 1

Neighborhood Wheat Agricultural fields surrounding the town of Ritzville define its limits like lines on a map or a fence around a corral.  Wheat built this town. There is a very active industry of wheat transportation, and the town supports a small airstrip used primarily by crop dusters and large grain…

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