Moses Lake, Washington: House of Poverty Museum (Gone)

I-90 exit 176, then north on Hwy 171/W. Broadway for a little over a mile. At the corner of W. Broadway and W. Commerce Way, on the left, just before the train tracks.
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House of Poverty Museum

Out in Moses Lake, Washington at the House of Poverty Museum, the owner Monte Holm died just recently and his partner has let everything rust and run down. It's hard to imagine if this place will be around for much longer with no one to look after the priceless objects exhibited.

[Jan Norwood, 06/07/2006]

It took Monte Holm's family almost two years to sort through all of his stuff. They sold it in June 2008.

House of Poverty Museum

Good lord, friends, hasn't anyone tipped you off to the House of Poverty Museum in Moses Lake?

According to recent coverage in San Francisco newspapers, it's a treasure trove of one former benevolent hobo-turned millionaire's collection of junk relating to life in the jungles and riding the rails . . . also reports of the largest collection of small gas-powered engines in the lower 48.

[Andrew Dean Nystrom, 12/05/1999]

Have known about it but haven't visited yet. Sounds worthwhile ... Monte Holm is the ex-hobo who provides personal tours of his collection, on South Broadway near the locomotive.

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