- Founded in the late 1800s as a mining town, this wee hamlet just on the eastern side of the North Cascades sits in a shockingly picturesque setting, with barren hills, clumps of alder in river valleys and big-sky ranches. When the mining ended, the town remodeled its center as a Wild-West relic, complete with false fronts and fading Victorian advertisements. The region now pulls in tourists for horseback riding and hiking in summer, skiing and snowshoeing in winter, and for the chance to stride down Main Street at high noon.
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