Abandoned Fortson Mill: Weekly Wander

Abandoned Fortson Mill: Weekly Wander

We went a little out of the way for this wander. But it was worth every minute. The abandoned Fortson Mill is amazing.

ferg and kids at fortson mill

We were visiting an old friend of my wife’s near Sedro-Woolley, Washington. After our visit we made a loop around Highway 20 to Highway 530, then back to I-5. It was a beautiful fall foliage drive. We would never have know just how beautiful that area was had we not been out in search of abandoned places.

Fortson Mill

abandoned fortson mill


This beautiful piece of history was once a lumber mill. It was established as the McCaughey Mill in 1905. It later became the Fortson Mill and remains known by that name still today. In 1954 the mill operations were moved to the nearby town of Darrington, Washington. This was due in large part to the transition from railways to highways.


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Here you will find not only a beautiful reminder of times gone past but also about two miles of hiking trails. This is also a trail head location for the White Horse Trail. Explore the ponds that remain from the old mill. Get a good view of wildlife that survive off this once populated piece of land.

kids at fortson mill

This was a great find. If you’re in the area and looking for a beautiful scenic drive with a pit stop into the past, look no further.

3 Replies to “Abandoned Fortson Mill: Weekly Wander”

  1. It sounds like a perfect place for hiking. Add a little history to the mix and it becomes an adventure…an adventure just waiting to happen.

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