Fairfax, Washington

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The Farrell Bridge over the Carbon River near Fairfax

Fairfax was a coal town in Pierce County in the U.S. state of Washington. Mining lasted only until the minerals ceased to be economically viable following World War I.[1] Until the completion of the nearby 240 feet (73 m) high Farrell Bridge in 1921 (the highest bridge in the state at the time), the town was only accessible via railroad or pack train.[2] The town is memorialized in a song by singer Ron Fowler, "Road to Fairfax", on his independently released CD, "Radio Frequency" [1]

Geography[edit]

The town was located on the Carbon River about 6 miles (10 km) south of Carbonado, Washington, on SR 165, at 47°00′41″N 122°00′54″W / 47.01139°N 122.01500°W / 47.01139; -122.01500Coordinates: 47°00′41″N 122°00′54″W / 47.01139°N 122.01500°W / 47.01139; -122.01500 (47.011, -122.015)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8262
  2. ^ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/environment/culres/bridges/bridge_pierce_072.htm