DescriptionWashburn overlooks heavily timbered bottom land, buttes and rolling prairies from the banks of the Missouri River. An important trading post in pioneer days, the town is rich in legend and history. The only remaining evidence of Washburn's position as a bustling river settlement is the region's last ferry, which is mounted on a foundation along the shore near the bridge that replaced it.
Washburn is on the eastern edge of an extensive development that uses coal to supply electrical power to the Central Plains. Coal-fired generating plants are across the river in Oliver and Mercer counties.
Preserved at the east end of Main Street is the log cabin of Joseph Henry Taylor, trader, trapper, editor and author. McLean County Historical Society Museums , 610 Main Ave., includes the main building and an old schoolhouse; phone (701) 462-3660.
Things to SeeCross Ranch State Park