It is a little entertaining for those who live locally to hear that the companies who program GPS machines have been telling their customers that they can get gas in Frankfort, Washington. Tales have of stressed looking travelers (who have been directed for hours over tiny logging roads) puttering bug-eyed into the outskirts of Naselle in desperate search of a fill-up.
As a result we strongly suggest that if your tank is running low and you cannot wait until Naselle to get gas that you fill your car up in Astoria before crossing the bridge into Washington State. Trust us, it’s better that way. Ignore the condescending tone of the GPS voice—-it can roll its eyes all it likes, but the thing is wrong about Frankfort and the gas that supposedly can be purchased there.
Frankfort is a pioneer ghost town. What was once a cannery and post office and many well-kept homes is commemorated now by decaying pilings in the river. Bring a camera and a picnic, but get your gas in Astoria or Naselle.
I can’t help thinking, though, that former Frankfort mayor James Frank Bourn would be very pleased to know that the town of Frankfort is still on the map. Bourn was a charismatic leader and visionary and he recognized the beauty and potential of Frankfort’s location on the river. He imagined that one day Frankfort would be a leading port of call with shining homes and vibrant businesses. His plans may have never come to fruition, but his spirit and his leadership were an example to all.
Very soon you will be able to read much more about Frankfort, Washington. There is book-in-progress focusing on the history of that town and it is due to be published soon. Check with the Appelo Archives for more information.