Woodstock Almost Had A RIval Music Festival In Washington's Smallest Town

Washington State's smallest town almost hosted the biggest music festival on the planet back in the 1970s.

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Some Of The Greatest Artists Would've Played Sunrise 71 In Small Washington Town

Woodstock will always be remembered as one of America's most pivotal times in history.

The three-day musical festival brought together over 500,000 attendance in Bethel New York.

Thirty-Two musical acts took the stage over the three days that including legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who.   

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It was a turning point in American history and another massive event was planned to even eclipse Woodstock and it was planned to occur in Washington State's smallest town.

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Marlin Washington Was Set To Eclipse Woodstock's Massive Audience In 1971

Marlin Washington which is also known as Krupp Washington is Washington State's smallest incorporated town in Grant County. The town's population is 49 as of the 2020 census. It was once going to host a music festival the size of Woodstock back in 1971.

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The biggest acts of the rock era might've performed in Washington State. The Who, The Grateful Dead, Santana, and Eric Clapton could've performed right here in Washington State.

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Above is what Marlin/Krupp looks like today in 2022

Sunrise 71 was promoted to have an attendance of 50,000 and feature the biggest rock acts of the 1970s over a three-day period but as things were about to get underway, county authorities shut it down.

Marlin/Krupp is now a sleepy little burg in Grant County where I'm sure not much goes on but it almost might have been as legendary as Woodstock if Sunrise 71 was allowed to commence.

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The original site of Woodstock has become a destination location and has been preserved on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Marlin, you missed it by that much...

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