Liberty Historic District - Liberty, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member B+L
N 47° 15.217 W 120° 40.000
10T E 676547 N 5235989
Quick Description: Originally established as Williams Creek in 1850, renamed Meaghersville in 1897, and named Liberty in 1916, it is the oldest mining townsite in Washington.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 5/28/2008 11:43:59 PM
Waymark Code: WM3X1V
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 14

Long Description:
The historic townsite is located on a mining claim called the New Discovery Placer. Liberty was never incorporated or properly platted and it was never chartered by the county, state, or federal governments. As a result, Liberty has a turbulent history.

In 1981, the residents of Liberty finally became the official owners of their land after spending nearly seventy years resisting the efforts of several mining companies, aided by the federal government, to disband the town and throw the inhabitants out of their homes.

Liberty still has a number of permanent residents and there is quite a bit of present-day mining activity. The two-story house at the eastern end of town is the former Meaghersville hotel that dates from the 1890's. The area around Liberty contains many miles of mine tunnels and shafts. Large herds of elk can often be seen in the prairie on the way into town.

Liberty is located almost exactly on the geographic center point of the state.




Street address:
Liberty Road
Liberty, WA USA
98922


County / Borough / Parish: Kittitas County

Year listed: 1974

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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