Johnson, Washington, Town View - c. 1895


Johnson, Washington, Town View - Gardiner

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A post office for Johnson was established in 1888, and in 1891 the town began building. Located 11 miles south of Pullman on the Genesse branch of the Northern Pacific, the town was well-positioned for growth. By 1892, The Northwest magazine wrote, "Of all the new towns in the agricultural districts of the new Northwest, Johnson is one of the most promising... Situated in the heart of the famous Palouse Country, the finest wheat growing region in the Northwest, where crops have never failed, where fruits and vegetables give enormous yields, and are of excellent flavor, where the climate is mild, cost of living moderate, and rewards of labor sure, and with a large scope of fertile territory tributary, her citizens have good reason to be encouraged." This photo was taken in about 1895 by R. G. Gardiner, whose Great Eastern Photo and Advertising Company specialized in town views of smaller agricultural settlements. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0312
Photographer Roswell H. Gardiner
Location Washington State
Subject Town Views
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.6 x 9.4 inches
Photographer's Number Number 166