Melmont has no residents now. It is about 4 miles south of Carbonado, WA, off of hwy 165, on an old railroad right of way. Go to the Fairfax Bridge (the cool bridge high above the Carbonado River). Park at the west side of bridge. Then walk across the bridge to the trailhead. Don’t forget to stop at the middle of the bridge to drop a rock, or just take in an awesome view. Melmont is about 1 mile from the trailhead. You'll hear the river on your right and natural springs on your left. Continue south (towards Mt. Rainier), to the Y in the path. Go to the left. Walk up the stream. You'll see the old School remains on the left up a ways, in a clearing.
Location coordinates for old school ruins:
N 47° 01.847 W 122° 02.001
Melmont Post Office. Established March 25, 1902.
Postmasters: Henry L. Hawkins; John W. McDowell, Oct. 23, 1903;
James A. Murch, June 5, 1911;
Alexander McLauchlin, Dec. 20, 1913;
Post Office discontinued Aug. 31, 1915, mail to Fairfax.
REMAINS: Old rock wall and dynamite storage on trail to Melmont. Old school basement ruins at site.
On December 17, 1921, Pierce County opens the bridge (Fairfax Bridge)over the Carbon River at Melmont and names it after County Commissioner James R. O’Farrell. The bridge crosses the river about three miles south of Carbonado and provides the first highway access to the town of Fairfax via the Carbon River-Fairfax Road (present-day State Route 165 running south from Wilkeson to Carbonado to Fairfax), and also provides another route to Mount Rainier National Park. The span cost an estimated $500,000 to build and is said to be the highest bridge in the state.
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