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Old Molson - Sherling Family house

Molson, Washington is a ghost town located close to the Canadian border.  It was founded in 1900 following a nearby rich gold strike by George B. Meacham and John W. Molson, a member of the Molson beer brewing.  At one point the population peaked to 300 but over the decades the town declined until the post office discontinued in August 1967.  Across the border was the nearby town of Sidley, British Columbia however it is long gone. 

Today Molson has this Old Town viewing area where one can step inside old buildings & relive the historic past.  The highlight of the town is the old schoolhouse nearby which had three floors.  This view shows the interior of the Sherling Family House w/ a wall sign reading the following:


This old cabin - 

Built in 1898 by Frank Fontaine, prospector and blacksmith on mining claims 1.25 miles due N. which he homesteaded Oct. 1900.

In Dec. 1902, John and Amanda Sherling and sons Ernest and Harry moved into this cabin.  The father worked in nearby B.C. mining area, the family holding the homestead.  This was typical of many homesteaders until the R.R. came in 1905.  Our close neighbors were John Anderson's, Ernie Curts, Wm Almquists, J.C. McDowells, Tom Moriarty's, Fred LaCasses, John Berg, Finn Charlie Johnson, J.H. McDonald's, Elmer Archer, Dad Spankanbarger, Dolphise LaCass, Andrew Jolly's, Noah La Casses.

As Molson had no school until Nov. 1903, some American side children attended Sidley B.C.

Our close Canadian neighbors were the Cosses, Argensinger's, Steve Johnson's, Gadworth's, Kelsie's, Gardener's Gillespie's and Lawless-Tedrow families.  This old cabin is dedicated to all Molson Homesteaders.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20756x10378
Taken: 12/08/2022
Uploaded: 21/01/2023


Tags: old molson; washington; historic site; gold rush; buildings; ruins; ghost town; mining; sidley; sherling family house; cabin
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