Timber innovation center a chance to reinvigorate rural town

Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin stands alongside land in north Darrington that could potentially be used to build a 30-acre Wood Innovation Center. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

By Julia-Grace Sanders

DARRINGTON — From the single-runway airport on the edge of town, nearby Gold Mountain was barely visible through sheets of rain.

Locals call the mountain “Gold Hill” because it’s a small mound compared to the rugged North Cascades peaks visible from town on a clear day.

“Welcome to Darrington,” Mayor Dan Rankin said with a laugh as he sloshed through ankle-deep puddles on property alongside the airport and next to the cemetery. “You deal with a lot of this, but it’s worth it to live here.”

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