I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have lived here pretty much all my life except for a couple of years in China and a few months in western New York. This is my home. There's no other place that I'd rather live. In Cheryl's Northwest, I'll share some of my favorite places with you.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Anatone: the shrinking Washington community
Anatone, Washington, may have
been a thriving community at one time, but today it resembles a ghost town,
with dilapidated buildings lining both sides of Highway 129.
It sits high on the windswept
prairie above the Snake River, and is surrounded by wheat fields, the major
agricultural crop on the prairie.
The community was founded in
1878 by settlers by Daniel McIvor and Charles Issecke, and named for a Nez
Its population is shrinking.
Anatone had more than 200 residents in 2000; now it’s down to 38, with cats,
dogs and horses adding another 48 inhabitants, according to the community’s
Facebook page. Anatone doesn’t have a newspaper but it does have a newsy
Anatone has no services, so
travelers on Highway 129 will need to take care of this in Asotin, about 30
miles to the north or wait until Oregon. Limited services are available just
across the border, with major services available farther south in Enterprise,
Snake River from Highway 129
What Anatone has is stunning
views of the Snake River as the road descends into Asotin and forest views in