Heading north out of St. Helen I went past this old building. I am not sure if it was a school, boarding house, or what. It looks like it has been standing for a long time. I looked on the map and it shows the name of Keno. I am wondering if it is the last remaining structure from the forgotten town.
From the research I did, I found out that the area was originally known as Hard Scrabble. The Hyde family came to the area from Virginia and were early settlers. The town was given the name of Keno and Sarah O. Wheeler became the first postmaster in 1910. I am not sure what happened to the town in later years, I can only assume the timber was cut and lumberjacks moved away.
P.S. They should have kept the name Hard Scrabble. I am thinking no one would forget a town with such a tough-sounding name.
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