United States Elberton Ghost Town

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Joe Becker

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Elberton is a ghost town located at the confluence of the Palouse River and Silver Creek. While most of the former town is gone, there are still several interesting sites, including an well-preserved but abandoned United Brethren Church, a former railroad trestle over the Palouse River, an abandoned old car, and an old cemetery.

An interpretive sign at the former town site relives the history of the town. The area first attracted residents in the late 1870s when a water-powered sawmill was built at the site. By 1888, the town had a post offices, a church, two grain warehouses, and two general stores. At the turn of the century, the town’s population had ballooned to over 400, and the town boasted the “world’s largest prune dryer.” However, the town rapidly declined in the early 20th century, and the population eventually shrunk to around 70 people by 1966, and the town eventually disincorporated. In 1969, Whitman County Parks took ownership of most of the town’s land.

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