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PostMon Apr 25, 2022 5:25 pm 
There is a bit of documented history about the old Tarpiscan school down at the mouth of Tarpiscan creek. Some fellow NWhikers even posted photos of it here. What is less known is that the school was built a few miles up the creek and used there for years long before it was moved near the river. Steve had some old maps of the location so we hiked up to the abandomed homestead near Colockum Pass for a quick gear testing overnight trip and checked out the original school site on the way back.
The school was located down in the creek bottom just down stream from the two trees on the right.
The school was located down in the creek bottom just down stream from the two trees on the right.
this is a line of rocks of one side of the foundation. Steve has some much better photos of the foundation.
this is a line of rocks of one side of the foundation. Steve has some much better photos of the foundation.
Looking up toward Sheridan Springs homestead.
Looking up toward Sheridan Springs homestead.
Looking toward the Columbia
Looking toward the Columbia
Old harvester.
Old harvester.
engine compartment.
engine compartment.
I almost stepped on a BIG rattler getting a different view of this machine.
I almost stepped on a BIG rattler getting a different view of this machine.
Vintage cars
Vintage cars
Bone yard
Bone yard
Steve coming up to the bone yard.
Steve coming up to the bone yard.
View up to the old ranch
View up to the old ranch
We camped up near the old homestead and got serenaded by wild turkeys all night. Steve just sent me these photos of the foundation.
looking down on the school foundation.
looking down on the school foundation.
some chimney bricks from the old school.
some chimney bricks from the old school.
HitTheTrail standing behind the foundation.
HitTheTrail standing behind the foundation.
more foundation.
more foundation.
BTW, the old school house down by the river was burned by a recent fire. What a loss of history.

Tom, Sculpin, Get Out and Go, Leafguy, JonnyQuest, dave allyn, RichP
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PostTue Apr 26, 2022 4:07 pm 
Looks excellent there.....except for the Rattler part. shakehead.gif

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PostSun May 01, 2022 8:12 am 
Any cactus blooming yet? We were just down in the Gorge and the flowers are awesome there. Seems a bit later here in Washington... cool.gif

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PostSun May 01, 2022 8:35 am 
We didn't see any, but then the only place I have ever seen cactus down there has been up high on the west flank of Cape Horn south of the south fork Tarpiscan Creek.

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PostSat Mar 25, 2023 4:54 pm 
Wildernessed and Steve decided to day hike to the mouth of Tarpiscan creek where the remains of the old Tarpiscan school sits just above the flooded remains of the Spanish Castle, and invited me to go. That sounded like a great outing to me.
Steve standing in the remains of the old Tarpiscan school after the fire went through.
Steve standing in the remains of the old Tarpiscan school after the fire went through.
The river was so low the foundation of the Spanish castle was completely exposed. So we ate lunch there.
From a publication.
From a publication.
Foundation.
Foundation.
Garage and generator room.
Garage and generator room.
Steve and Wildernessed.
Steve and Wildernessed.
Getting ready for lunch.
Getting ready for lunch.
It says 1917 - Les Coffin
It says 1917 - Les Coffin
A good trip. Around 8 miles and 1K gain total.

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PostSun Mar 26, 2023 12:50 am 
Am I too young to ask what the Spanish Cstle was?

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PostSun Mar 26, 2023 4:10 am 
Pyrites wrote:
Am I too young to ask what the Spanish Cstle was?
Only if you are too young to read (not being snarky, just having fun)! There is some history about the Spanish castle in the Get Out And Go post I linked in my opening statement above. Also, when we were eating lunch two hikers paddled across the river and beached just north of us. We didn't encounter them, but as we hiked out they were spotted just approaching the summit of Cape Horn.

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