Liberty, Washington


Liberty Details

Status: Near Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1873

Current Population: A handful of hearty souls

Peak Population: na

Elevation: 2,674 Feet (815 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: Washington

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Liberty Description

"The oldest mining townsite in the state", Liberty was settled after the 1873 discovery of gold in Swauk Creek. The district was noteworthy for the stability of its community life. The first miners were local families homesteading in Kittitas Valley and some continued mining in Liberty for three generations. The excessive behavior usually associated with frontier mining camps was not tolerated and those having that behavior soon moved on.

Liberty is known for its large gold nuggets as most of all the placer gold recovered from streams in the Swauk District has been coarse gold; miners didn't bother with the fine gold and only washed the gravel when they were within a foot or two of being on bedrock. Unfortunately, few pictures of the large nuggets exist as the early miners simply sent most of them off to the mint to be melted into coin.

Text compiled from signs in town

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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