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The Unique Little Town of Concrete

It only takes a minute to pass through the small town of Concrete but that’s all it takes to see that the town has quite a few interesting structures.

After indulging in organic, home-made ice cream at Cascadian Farms, we made a quick stop in Concrete to see the giant structure and the most unique high school ever.

Concrete has gone through several name changes since it was settled in 1890. At some point it was aptly name Cement City before being officially christened Concrete in 1909. The “Welcome to Concrete” sign was painted onto these cement silos for the filming of ‘This Boy’s Life’.

Historic Concrete, Washington - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/concrete-washington/
Historic Concrete, Washington - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/concrete-washington/

The main building of Concrete High School, built in 1952, was built as an overpass to provide a rain-protected bus loading zone. If you weren’t aware, it rains in Washington state. A LOT.

Drive through Concrete High School, Historic Concrete, Washington - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/concrete-washington/
Drive through Concrete High School, Historic Concrete, Washington - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/concrete-washington/

Concrete’s other brush with fame (apart from Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Deniro in This Boy’s Life) happened in 1938. The town tuned into Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast and became convinced that what they heard was an actual news report of an alien invasion. During the broadcast, the town’s electricity short-circuited and panic in the town ensued. Many families fled and others gathered to defend the town. The hysteria eventually faded but it was too late –news had spread and the rest of the world laughed about the little town of Concrete.

Historic Concrete, Washington - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/concrete-washington/
Concrete Overview
Coordinates / Address
48.539167, -121.747222
Fees / Permit
FREE / None
Things to Note
The town is littered with many historical buildings.
Usage
Light
Pets allowed
Yes
Camera Info
Canon 6D + 24-70mm f/2.8L II