VIEW: Folsom Farm Site – Sprague, WA
There is more to road trips than just the destination. There are also the little things that you find along the way. While most pass them by without a thought or second look, we seek them out, explore, and share them with you. How do we find these places? Well, sometimes we just stumble upon them, but we also include them as part of our trip planning process. Let’s just say you would be amazed at the things you can find if you zoom in enough on an online map of your route, or the things you can find with the right search terms … like “Historical Landmark” or “Tourist Attraction.”
Our Halloween 2019 road trip was full of both things, but my favorite by far had to be the Folsom Farm Site in Spargue, WA. Located within five miles of I-90, it was a no brainer as we made our way from our base at Potholes State Park to Idaho, regardless of whether or not we knew exactly what could be found there or not. Half the fun is getting to figure that out for yourself, taking a chance on the unknown and unexpected.
The Folsom Farm Site is both an interpretive historical landmark and designated bird watching spot. There are few markers located throughout the site which relate information about the farm itself and what life was like in the Eastern Washington scablands when it was in operation. Without giving too much away (in case you choose to explore yourself), the land was farmed by the Folsom’s between 1902 and 1910. They primarily used it to raise cattle and grow wheat (if you didn’t know, some of the best wheat in the world comes from Eastern Washington, and the state is in the top five producers in the country).
It is believed that they built the barn, outbuildings, and Greek revival style farmhouse that stood there. While both the barn and the adjacent outbuilding are still standing for visitors to view and take photos of, all that remains of the house is its foundation due to a wildfire in 1998. There is still plenty to see though, from the remaining buildings to scattered artifacts and rustic fencing. While exploring it, one can’t help but wonder what it was like to live in such a quiet and peaceful place, back before there was cell phones and internet.
If you like history and old stuff, or just getting off the beaten path like me, the Folsom Farm Site is definitely worth making a detour if you find yourself traveling along I-90 between Moses Lake and Spokane.