Welcome to Holden Village
Holden Village is a Lutheran ministry, nestled in a forested valley at 3,200 feet in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The Village welcomes people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting.
Now Under Construction
The Village operated as a mining town from 1937-1957. It is now the site of a massive remediation project to clean up environmental problems left from those mining days. During this disruption, village infrastructure and facilities are also being upgraded. Guest visits are not possible during the summer construction season. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates.
HOLDEN GUITAR TESTIMONIAL: (August 25, 2014) Check out David LaMotte's testimonial for the limited-edition Taylor Guitars Holden Village GS Mini, made with Engelmann spruce harvested at Holden Village as part of the mine remediation process. Proceeds from guitar sales go to clean water projects in third-world countries under the direction of two nonprofit organizations, Living Waters for the World and El Porvenir. A small portion of the proceeds will go to Holden Village for a display in its future museum to tell the story behind this unusual guitar. And did we mention it sounds amazing?! Learn more.
MINE CLEANUP IMPROVING WATER & SOIL: (August 23, 2014) An article from K.C. Mehaffey of The Wenatchee World, made available from The Yakima Herald Reupblic, provides a glimpse into what's being done about the old mine and why. Also see "Photo Gallery" below.
PHOTO GALLERY: (August 13, 2014) The Wenatchee World published a gallery of photos which nicely illustrates the improvements that are happening on both sides of the creek and the continued community spirit of Holden Village.
HEALING SOULS, HEALING A MOUNTAIN: (July 29, 2014) Deseret News of Utah reports on life at Holden VIllage during mine remediation with 38 accompanying photos of both mine remediation and village life during construction.
MINE REMEDIATION VIDEO: Watch the mine clean-up in action (including last year's demolition of the old mill) and listen to an explanation of the work by Dave Cline, project manager for mining company Rio Tinto.
SUMMER HIKING TRAILS: Forest Service officials are reminding hikers to plan ahead this summer as mine remediation work continues to affect Glacier Peak Wilderness access from Railroad Creek Valley. Details on trails here.