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. 

Haunted …. Maybe???

It took six months for me to get around to looking at and editing the pictures taken at the Folsom Farm Site, and when I did I stumbled on something even more unexpected than the farm itself. Something that I haven’t exactly been able to explain away. Believe me I’ve tried. And … given that we are all stuck and struggling in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown at the time of this feature being shared, I figured I’d share what I found so that you can have a bit of fun and judge for yourself.

What follows are three different photos taken at the site (as well as a fourth that shows an example of the potential lens flare that did occur in some pictures taken). I’ve included zoomed in portions of those three photos, as well as some lightened photos for the third one. All of the photos, with the exception of the lightened ones  are 100% unedited. In each of the photos, you will notice a translucent sphere.

  • Each is located in a different spot within the picture frame, and there is no similar anomalies in the photos that were taken before and after each one … so, most likely not something on my lens.
  • The spots are lacking in color, either variation or rings (as is obvious in the example photo), and appear in photos that were taken both outside and inside of the buildings … so, most likely not lens flare.
  • Some kind of dust or other foreign material floating into the photo would be the next consideration …. but, I’m having a hard time with that. Why? The size. The transparency. The depth of where they appear. The fact that the sphere really doesn’t appear clearly in the 3rd photo until the exposure (brightnesss) is increased. Then the argument my daughter and I continue to have over whether or not the sphere in the first photo actually goes in front of the door frame or behind it.

I’m definitely left scratching my head on this one. While I’m not some kind of ghost hunter that goes out of my way to prove I saw something that may or may not have been, I’m also a believer and am open to the idea that something unexplained could perhaps be something. Did my camera capture something that day at Folsom Farm Site (which, rather ironically, I visited on Halloween)?

I’ll let you be the judge ….

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