County: Northwood County
ABOUT TOWN: Located in Northwood County, one of six counties in Everson State that border Evergreen State, Simon is a tiny mountain town. Despite being close to the Chane County town of Lawson, Simon has kept it's small town charm. It is located just southwest of the town Simon, one of two Northwood County towns located in the Beecher Valley.
The town receives police service from the Northwood County Sheriff's Office out of Weldman. Deputies will often have to drive along Chase Pass to get to an emergency in the town, but because of the low population in both Simon and Ridgeway, rarely are police services required. With that in mind, there are a few sheriff deputies that patrol the area as part of their shift a few times a week.
The town's main street faces the railroad tracks. The fire station, gas station/mini mart, post office, and antique shop are located on the main street. A small train depot located at the end of downtown now sits empty, but was the center of debate in the early years between Simon and Ridgeway.
The town has a volunteer fire station. Most Northwood County students living in Simon and Ridgeway are bused to the nearest high school in Weldman which is a little over 40 miles away. The county is working with the state to possibly open another high school in the county for the more rural students to have such a long drive. In a single day, the buses put on over 80 miles to bus the students from Ridgeway and Simon alone.
Most other services such as media, shopping, and medical is all located in nearby Lawson, which is located in Chane County to the south. The town is only a few miles from Chase Pass, but has a peaceful serene location.
LOCATION: Located in Northwood County, one of six counties in Everson State that border Evergreen State, Simon is a tiny mountain town. Despite being close to the Chane County town of Lawson, Simon has kept it's small town charm. It is located just southwest of the town Simon, one of two Northwood County towns located in the Beecher Valley.
HISTORY: The village was settled in by Michael Ridgeway when he had a disagreement with fellow settler Tom Simon. The two settled away from each other and tried to start rival communities. Neither town prospered much, but Ridgeway was able to get a railroad station while Simon was not able too. Ridgeway, despite having the railway station, never grew much. It was larger then Simon up until 1974 when Simon grew due to forestry and the ranger station.
ATTRACTIONS: The hillsides around the town and the mountain views.
(The town of Ridgeway.)
(Ridgeway is the end of the road if heading north. It connects by side roads to Simon and eastern Northwood County. Also connection to Chance County and Chase Pass.
(Ridgeway's main street. The old railroad station is located to the left at the end of the street. Recently the county repaved the town's main street.
(Homes in Ridgeway are old and often cabins. The area never developed as much as the original founder had hoped.)