The tiny, unincorporated community of Malo, Washington (99150) is located on Hwy 21, approximately thirteen miles from the town of Republic. Not much more than a wide spot in the road, Malo is a farming and residential community that, according to the 2010 census, has 28 residents, a post office, and two fun and fascinating stores.
During the days of the gold rush, Malo was a busy train stop servicing travelers and miners.
Today, you can still catch a glimpse of times past by visiting the Historic Malo Store. The back side of the store was once considered the store’s front and faced out on a rail line. As rail traffic declined and automobiles use rose, the store owners changed the front door to face Hwy 21. The charming Malo Store has many of its original features and is a perfect place to stop for a photo, a beverage, and a snack.
Also not to be missed is the fascinating Malo Trading Post, with its always changing inventory of antiques, collectibles, and used building materials and equipment.