Bade He Fly

The towns of Krupp and Marlin are the same town. It was originally named Krupp by James Marlin. However, during World War I, to avoid any connection to Germany, the town was (somewhat) renamed Marlin.

I say somewhat because it is still legally registered as Krupp, even though the post office recognizes the town as Marlin.

It has a population of about 49.

Krupp (or Marlin) is most famous for the rock festival Sunrise ’71, which almost happened just south of town. It was scheduled for June of 1971, and was to feature Canned Heat. The locals, then weighing in at about 52 Marlinites, were told to expect 500,000 hippies – an incredibly unrealistic number that might actually be a typo (a week later, the figure was amended to 50,000).

Either way, there was no way that they were going to allow this. As a few hundred hippies began to show up early, the county commissioners refused to issue the permits. It was officially canceled the day before it was to begin.

The hippies who had gathered there were offered free camping in Grand Coulee, though the festival was disallowed.

It was a narrow escape from modernity for our friends in Marlin.

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‘Bade He Fly’

Camera: Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (c1950)
Film: Kodak Tmax 100 (x-03/2000)
Process: HC-110B; 7min

Marlin, Grant County, Washington

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