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The history of Winslow, Washington

A once prosperous mining town goes bust
Established in 1888 shortly after Dinky Dowd, a
drifter and hapless miner inadvertently discovered silver ore after waking up in a dry riverbed following a long night with a bottle of bourbon. Winslow was named after its most prominent citizen, Evan Winslow, who along with investors from San Francisco set up the highly prosperous Yellow Jacket Mines and Fourth of July Mines. The mines yielded over a million dollars of silver before the price fell out of silver in 1893. With no profit to be had most people cleared out and the town was left to slowly die off, one family at a time.

Frontier justice
Winslow has a long history of frontier justice—cleaning up their own messes. In 1889 Dinky Dowd shot Gus Bolinger in the gut over a fair prostitutes favors in the Never Tell Brothel. He was subsequently sent to the gallows for his misdeed. In 1989 Hawkin Rhone was banished from town and sent to live in isolation across Three Fools Creek for alleged indiscretions involving poison.                                                                      [edit] 

The setting - Winslow, Washington
A historical silver mining town, population 255, hidden in the piney mountains of the Pacific Northwest, 73 miles off the winding Hwy 20, and across the Lamprey River. Winslow bills itself as the jewel of the Stepstone Range, and is home to Holloway Ranch, Rose's Country Crock, Tiny’s Mercantile, The Buckhorn Tavern, Rhone Bakery, and The Winslow, the town’s only hotel, the converted Italianate mansion built by Evan Winslow in 1889. The town of Winslow is directly adjacent to Matherston—once the heart of the mining community, currently a ghost town. During the spring and summer the Mathers family gives ghost town tours dressed in period costumes. There are two graveyards, the boarded-up Fourth of July Mines and Yellow Jacket Mines, and a rusty old water tower. Every 4th of July Winslow hosts a popular carnival and rodeo.           [edit]

The Characters

Hazel Winslow: Seventeen, willowy, long strawberry blond hair, with hazel eyes. She is a firecracker—tough, but with a sweet streak. She plans to leave "this one horse town" as soon as she turns eighteen, and suspects that just like her mother she won’t miss anything that she’s leaving behind. She worries her boyfriend Sean Adair will never leave Winslow.

Sean Adair: Seventeen, tall and lanky, long brown hair, brown eyes. Sean is basically a good kid who wouldn't pass up a bit of trouble, including a tangle with Hawkin Rhone a few years back in which Sean barely escaped. He adores his girlfriend Hazel, but worries she’ll grow bored of him.

Pard Holloway: A large man, and the bull-headed owner of Holloway Ranch. He is the first to take drastic action when the plague strikes. Keeping this incident out of the news, and subsequently keeping Holloway Ranch’s reputation in tact are his main concerns. He is Hazel and Tanner Holloway’s uncle, and a man used to calling the shots. 

Sheriff Nate Winslow: Hazel’s father, who is quickly overcome by the lunacy, and struggles to keep his wits while hunting a creature that's been haunting the woods.

Veterinarian Reed Simmons: The only medical professional in Winslow, the thin and weedy Vet is the first to realize the magnitude of the outbreak. But instead of helping his friends and neighbors, the delusional Simmons hides in his home attempting to stay out of the fracas.

Patience Mathers: Seventeen, long dark hair, sultry eyes, with beautiful doll-like features. Patience is exceedingly superstitious, and goes to extreme lengths to get her best friend Hazel to realize that her apocalyptic premonitions have finally begun to come true.

Tanner Holloway: Pale and lanky with surfer blond hair, Tanner Holloway is a little shit. Sent to his Uncle Pard’s to straighten out and fly right; the only two things Tanner looks out for are a good time and himself.

Kenny Clark: Holloway ranch hand who takes his job and himself very seriously. There is bad blood between him and Sean after a fight they had in 2006. Kenny wears stonewashed jeans, too tight t-shirts and his favorite band is Huey Lewis and the News. Hazel thinks he's a dullard jerk-ass.

Hawkin Rhone: After being run out of town, rumor, conjecture and wild imaginations transform him into the Winslow’s own bogeyman, and the children of Winslow live in fear of Hawkin Rhone. [edit]

The Madness

Initial events
In July of 2010 in Winslow, Washington, the animals began to go strange. Several dozen cattle appeared drunk, with a few found dead. Soon many residents were struck with nausea, fever and chills, everybody panicked. Townsfolk agreed that the mysterious food poisoning must not spread beyond the borders of Winslow—or even word of it—because news like that would ruin reputations and spoils tourists’ appetites. Everyone was quick to grasp that if they lost their good reputation, they'd lose the smattering of visitors willing to negotiate Yellow Jacket Pass that kept their remote town alive.          [edit]

The lunacy spreads like wildfire
A day later the residents symptoms intensified, conditions worsened, and speculation gave way to hysteria as the people realized the sickness was far worse than food poisoning: the victims were losing their minds. Delusions and hallucinations, insomnia and convulsions escalated their suffering. As the lunacy spread the town of Winslow began to unravel. The ghosts came out to haunt, the creature lurked in the woods, and Hawkin Rhone wouldn’t stay in his grave.

And seventeen-year-old Hazel Winslow was forced to navigate the surreal nightmare, hoping to not lose her own mind, yet save her family and friends from themselves and the others.    [edit]

Documentation on the strange true story

The Stepsone Bee - newspaper article
Initial reports of an incident in Winslow came out in the local newspaper shortly after the outbreak, but the small paper, already in rapid decline discontinued circulation in January 2011, and the story was subsequently dropped.
External Link: The Stepstone Bee

A Plague of Madness, The Strange True Account of
Extraordinary Events-Winslow, Washington by G.F. Olson

A supposed "non-fiction" account written and published by G.F. Olson, a first-responder for the Forest Service to the epidemic. The book was quickly out-of-print due to legal complications. External Link: Plague of Madness

The Winslow Incident by Elizabeth Voss
Published in 2011 as a novel of "
fiction" by Elizabeth Voss. THE WINSLOW INCIDENT is based on historical accounts of the plague of madness. The novel follows Hazel Winslow, her family and friends from those first hot days in July through the harrowing lunacy that ensued.
A fun exciting read well worth the price of admission.
External Link:
The Winslow Incident                                           [edit]

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