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Ralston

Population

Unknown

County

Adams

Elevation

1,663 feet

Coordinates

Latitude 46.984 and Longitude -118.343.

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Ralston grain elevator. Andrew Filer photo.

Ralston is a community in Adams County, Washington. The town is located along Washington 261.

HistoryEdit

Ralston was once a thriving town on the Milwaukee Road rail system and was named after the Ralston Purina brand. The community had many residents at one time, loyal ones at that, as its Post Office was discontinued in 1975 (zip code 99175). An old school has been torn down. The rail lines are gone now, and are part of a trail system.

LocationEdit

Ralston sits at the edge of farmland and has the Channeled Scablands barren cover to the east. The community is north of Washtucna and south of Ritzville, which is where the nearest services are located.

AboutEdit

Ralston is a small community of homes, and storage warehouses for farmers. The old Ralston grain elevator and mill sits looming over the community in the north. It sits along an abandoned rail line which parallels the Lind Ralston Road for quite a ways. The abandoned rail line has been turned into a trail named the John Wayne Trail, and sometimes called the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Medal of Honor recipient, Reinhart Keppler, was born in Ralston and the community park was dedicated in his honor in 2003.  

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