Lind, Benge and Ralston

City Park, Lind The three towns in today’s post are spread across Adams County, WA. Lind is the largest with about 500 inhabitants. The railroad goes by town on its way from Spokane to Portland and it has a large grain elevator complex and businesses that support agriculture.  Downtown businesses…

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Wheat Country (new)

Recently I was searching for books by one of my favorite authors, Kent Haruf, and found West of Last Chance by Peter Brown and Kent Haruf. Peter is an exceptional photographer and their collaboration of images and words are compelling. I urge you to check out Peter’s website www.petertbrown.com. Kent is well known…

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Washtucna

Main Street, Washtucna The place to meet people in Washtucna is Sonny’s. I don’t know how Sonny’s originated but I am told that some time ago it changed its name and proprietorship to Frank’s and now has been reborn as Sonny’s again. Sonny’s has a couple of flat screen TVs,…

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Kahlotus, WA

Kahlotus, WA I first stumbled into Kahlotus several years ago while on a photo trip with my good friend Susan Huber. Susan is an outstanding artist and I urge you to visit her web site: www.susanhuber.com.  I vowed then to return someday and the rest is history. Kahlotus is located…

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Connell, WA

Morning Coffee, Connell Connell was the base of my early photographic expeditions in eastern Washington, and the largest (pop. 5000) of the towns I visited. It has both upper middle-income and lower middle-income neighborhoods, two large mobile home parks that are a little scruffy, and a big RV facility.  A…

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Tracks

      Connell Ellensburg This blog is supposed to be the words behind the image. Trains are an important part of the Eastern Washington story and appear to make a logical follow up to my posts on roads and alleys. There are, however, a couple of problems.  It might…

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Tragedy and Triumph (Lake View Cemetery)

  I encounter a lot of cemeteries in my travels.  Some are large and formal, others not much more than abandoned family plots and everything in between.  All record evidence of tragedy – premature deaths: of infants, or by war, or accidents and so forth – and triumphs of family…

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Grain Bins (or elevators or silos, or…)

  Skyscraper grain bins (also called elevators or silos, it all depends who is speaking) are monoliths that dominate space, community and economy.  As vast as the horizon can be on the Columbia Plateau, it is difficult to find a view that does not include a grain elevator of some…

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Alleys

  Alleys are, of course in towns and cities everywhere and there is little unique to the ones that I have explored in eastern WA. However out there I have never been concerned just wandering in them. I have never witnessed apparent drug deals or disturbed the sleep of a…

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Roads (Better Formatted)

As in most regions, roads in central Washington vary (in quality, in accessibility, in scenic ratings, in photo opportunities, pick any or all) from Interstate to cart paths. In eastern Washington the majority are closer to the latter. Generally my project is bordered on the north by Interstate 90 and…

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