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The Govan Ghost Town School House

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Astrophotography groups on Facebook started buzzing with the news that a solar flare was likely going to result in an Aurora display that would be visible in Washington State.

My sister Nicole, and Fellow photographer Rob Tanner, and I went out driving around Washington State looking for clear skies in hopes of glimpsing the Aurora, but all we found was a blanket of thick fog that stretched from cities on the I-5 corridor like Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia to Govan, Washington which is across the Cascades 267 miles from my house.

Not the Reds and Greens we hoped to find.

I kept my eye on the aurora groups looking for updates on clear skies, Aurora sightings but everyone seemed to come up empty. Reluctant to waste a nearly 600-mile round trip drive we swung by the Govan School House for our first time. 

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Unsolved Murders in Govan.

In 1902, a judge in Govan was brutally murdered with an axe. The murder has never been solved. In the 1940s a mother and son were mysteriously murdered in the town. Leading some to believe the area is haunted. I'm pretty skeptical, but none of us felt particularly daring enough to get close to the old dilapidated building. 

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Govan School House 3

Govan had a population in the hundreds, but after construction of a highway in the 1940s was built further south, the community crumbled. Today, Govan only has three residents. Four residents, if you count the horse that was wandering around in the yard of a nearby home.

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Govan School House 4

Several abandoned houses can be found in the town. Time was limited, I hastily photographed one of the other houses which can be found below. 

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Govan School House 5

The schoolhouse was built in 1905, but held it's last classes in the 1940s. 

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Govan School House 6

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Govan School House 7

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Govan School House 8

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Govan School House 9

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Govan School House 10

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