Finding the Abandoned Schools of the Palouse – Day 1

I had  a three day weekend not too long ago, and what better way to spend that time than on an extended road trip through the hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington.  Saturday morning, my mom and I loaded up the car and left town trying to beat the wicked rain and wind storm that was starting to form.  The weather drastically improved as we crossed over Snoqualmie Pass and when we got to the town of Thorpe the sun was shining and there was an amazing rainbow glowing brightly against the black storm clouds behind us.

A gorgeous rainbow on the front edge of the storm.

A gorgeous rainbow on the front edge of the storm.

Our first location to scout for schools was the town of Ritzville, Washington.  Unfortunately, the old high school was apparently demolished about 2 months prior to our trip so we were out of luck with that school.  We did find a neat old barn just on the edge of town though.

An old barn on the edge of Ritzville, WA.

An old barn on the edge of Ritzville, WA.

After striking out in Ritzville, we continued on our trip east until we got to the town of Sprague, where we exited I-90 and headed south on WA 23 until we found the old Lamont School sitting out on the plains west of town.

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After spending some time photographing the school, we made our way back to Interstate 90 and headed east once more.  Before we got to Spokane, we decided to take a drive through the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge.

Aspen trees in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

Aspen trees in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

Encompassing more than 16,000 acres of the Channeled Scablands (an area formed by the Missoula Floods during the last ice age), the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 by and Executive Order from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have as much time to explore the refuge as I would have liked as it was starting to get dark and we didn’t want to get stuck behind the gate after hours.

We headed into Spokane to find a hotel for the night as we wanted to get an early start in the morning as there were many more schools that we needed to find before our time was up and we had to head home.

Until the next adventure…

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2 thoughts on “Finding the Abandoned Schools of the Palouse – Day 1

  1. You have written about two of my favorite things here … abandoned places and The Palouse. I love the third old schoolhouse image! My latest post is titled, ‘Rusty Things & Abandoned Places’.

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