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Tono, WashingtonPhotos, maps and news from Tono, Washington.Updated January 22, 2018.

Tono, Washington is a ghost town in Southwest Washington. It was a company-owned mining town founded in 1907 by the Washington Union Coal Company, a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad to supply coal for their steam locomotives. Tono was located in southern Thurston County about 20 miles south of Olympia, Washington, 5 miles south of Tenino, 2 miles east of Bucoda at the end of a railroad spur. The town was named Tono in 1909 by one of the many Japanese railroad workers. Folk etymology states the name is a contraction of "ton of coal". At its peak in the 1920s Tono had over 1,000 residents, 125 houses, a hotel, a hospital, a general store, and a school. The town flourished until 1932 when the railroads began switching to diesel locomotives and the Union Pacific sold the mines to the Bucoda Mining Company. Afterwards the mines operated intermittently while most of the residents moved away. Many of the vacant houses were sold and moved to nearby communities. By 1950 there were only a few buildings and residents left in Tono. The last full-time residents of Tono were John and Lempi Hirvela, who moved there in 1923. The Hirvelas lived in the last surviving home, the former mine superintendent's residence, until 1976. In 1967 the Pacific Power & Light Company revived operations at the Tono field, now known as the Centralia Coal Mine. PP&L purchased the property including the town site (and the Hirvela's home) and began strip mining the area to supply coal for the Centralia Power Plant in nearby Lewis County Mining operations obliterated most of the former town site in the 1980s. All that remains of Tono are a few overgrown foundations.

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tonostreet1913.jpg. Main Street, Tono Washington, ca1913.
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Tono_panorama_ca1909.jpg. Panorama of Tono, ca1909.
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Olympia Time: Tono, Washington. Below is the real Tono, circa 1941, well past its prime. But, you can still see where the town certainly was..
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GCN299 Where's Tono? (Traditional Cache) in Washington, United .... West view from Tono GZ.
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GCN299 Where's Tono? (Traditional Cache) in Washington, United .... SE view - power plant just over horizon.
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GCN299 Where's Tono? (Traditional Cache) in Washington, United .... NE view - no Mt Tono there.
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Olympia Time: 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011. And, this is nearly the same perspective with the overlay at around 70 percent so you can see the current sediment ponds where roads had been..
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Olympia Time: 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011. This is the amazing part of Tono for me, not that its a ghost town, but that only a small pocket (on the southwest corner of town) was untouched after the ....
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hospital_interior1913.jpg. Tono Hospital Tono Hospital Interior.