Since its incorporation in 1957, the city of Bellevue, Washington has grown from a bucolic farming community with 500 residents to a technology center with over 120,000 people that call it home.
With the expansion in population obviously came an expansion in land area, and unfortunately, some of its smaller neighbors disappeared as Bellevue prospered.
Among these was the logging community of Wilburton. This logging camp was established in 1895, and named after its part-owner Manley Wilbur. By the turn of the century, the community had around 400 residents, and lent its name in 1904 to a large wooden railroad trestle nearby, which still stands.
While the name clings to the trestle and a nearby park, most people have forgotten that Wilburton was once an independent community, but a few signs of it can still be found. In my opinion, at least, this openly qualifies this populated place as a ghost town worthy of being featured.
A view down what was once likely the mains street of Wilburton:
An abandoned house or store:
A house dating to the early days of the community:
Where the railroad passed through the town after crossing the Wilburton trestle. Note the buildings of downtown Bellevue in the background:
Current distraction: Railroad Depots