Amid the Smokes

There’s not much left to Edwall. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was mostly known for its creamery. And while it wasn’t where the outlaw Harry Tracy was captured and committed suicide in 1902, it was were officials sent the telegram informing the press about the death.

It was around this time when Edwall’s population topped out at 275. The town soon had the first artesian well in Lincoln County (1904). In 1906, a publication boasted that “there is no reason why there will not be in a few years a city of a thousand population at this point.”

Nevertheless, the high school burned down (well, exploded) in 1909, but was apparently rebuilt. A decade later, their football team, the Edwall Broncos, lost to the Walla Walla Blue Devils 17 to 12.

These days, there are a few residents, and the high school united with Reardon and gave to us Sherman Alexie. But the railroad still runs through it – though it’s changed hands a couple of times.


‘Amid the Smokes’

Camera: Argus/Cosina STL1000 (c1971)
Lens: Industar 50-2
Film: Seattle Film Works 200 (x-05/2000)

Edwall, Washington


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