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Welcome to Carlton Washington
The Methow Valley Best Kept Secret!
The town of Carlton, located in Washington State, along the Methow River was established in 1907. Carlton Washington sits at an elevation of 1,440 feet in the Methow Valley, a few miles South of the town of Twisp. In 1903, William J. Fleming made arrangements to move a two story store, two houses, and a hotel to the mouth of Texas Creek. As Carlton was being established, the Carl Dillards purchased (Locust Lodge) from the Sumpter family. In 1907, a group of ladies who were visiting in the Dillard home, discussed a name for the new town. Among the guest were Mrs. Joseph Liebl and her mother Mrs. McConnell. Out of respect to their host, Mrs. McConnell suggested it be named (Carl’s Town.) After some debating, the Women decided on the name "Carlton."

Most people traveled to Carlton by way of steamboat up the Columbia River to Ives Landing between 1896 to 1900, at that time the central ferry's landing was changed to Pateros. Others came by train, horseback, stagecoach, or by their own horses and wagons into the Methow Valley area. Platted on August 23, 1907, Carlton's location was specified as, (SW/NE Sec. 29, T32N, R22E.) Located directly across the road from the original Carlton Hotel that still standing there today. 

By 1927 it was decided where new highway No. 12 would be built and where a new bridge would cross the Methow River. Since the highway would be a quarter of a mile from the original town of Carlton, they decided to move the buildings closer, so the new highway would go right pass their front doors. 

The first school to be built in Carlton Washington was completed in 1907. A new school was built in the early 1920s and still stands today and is used as a private residence. Locust shade trees were originally planted in Carlton, many of which or still standing on the property today. Locust Lodge was named for these trees.

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