A little History and Facts on Stevens County

I am always getting questions about our area from people looking to relocate here and thought I would share some facts and history with you on our beautiful area!

Mission at Old Kettle Falls

Stevens County, Washington

County Seat: Colville
Year Organized: 1854
Square Miles: 2,478

Origin of County Name : Isaac Ingalls Stevens, the first governor of the Washington Territory.

Named after Washington Territory’s first governor, Stevens County stretches 100 miles along the east bank of Lake Roosevelt above the Spokane River in the Selkirk Mountains. The Hudson’s Bay Company founded the first European community in the county at Fort Colville near Kettle Falls. Americans were first attracted by mineral riches in the 1850s and within 60 years, the county was one of the state’s top silver and copper producers. Approximately 41,000 people make their homes there and work in forest products, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and public services. The county is mostly rural, but increasingly, commuters are making  the southern end of the county a bedroom community of Spokane. The largest city’s are Chewelah, Colville, Kettle Falls, Marcus, Northport, and Springdale, but only 7 percent of the population live within their limits.

Columbia River by Evans

Colville where my real estate office is:

Colville Population (census data)

Total 4,949 (-1.2% since 2000)
Male 2,256 (45.6%)
Female 2,693 (54.4%)

Population Density: 2,064 people per sq. mile

Cost of Living Index: 90.4 (US Avg is 100)

Colville Elevation: 620 feet above sea level

Land Area: 2.40 square miles

Median Household Income: $33,731

Zip Codes: 99114.

Colville Population (census data)

Total 4,949 (-1.2% since 2000)
Male 2,256 (45.6%)
Female 2,693 (54.4%)

Meadow Lake Northeast of Colville

Colville has a fascinating history starting with the Native Americans who lived near the Columbia River and fished for salmon.  Explorers from Europe and the newly formed countries of Canada and the United States explored rivers and mountains and drew up maps of the area as early as 1811.  After all the dust settled, Colville was declared the seat of Stevens County and a regional center just south of the British Columbia, Canada, border.

Colville founders developed a “civic plaza”  (the only one known of its kind in the state of Washington), which includes the Stevens County Courthouse, Colville City Hall, Colville Public Library and Colville Post Office on four corners in the geographical center of the city. National Historical Register buildings, along with other buildings and private homes, make up the Historic Building Tour, a creation of the Colville Historic Preservation Committee.

Stevens County had been designated as a Preserve America Community.  In 2008, First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chair of Preserve America, announced this designation. Preserve America is a Presidential Administration initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage.

I am hoping you found this info fun and informative, there is so much more to see and do here in Stevens County with camping, fishing, hunting, events and just the beauty of our area!  Make it part of your vacation plans sometime and check us out!

Until next time have a fantastic week, Joe


About Jconowitch

I have spent 36 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my high school sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grand kids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area or find a peaceful area to retire, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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2 Responses to A little History and Facts on Stevens County

  1. Linda Jo says:

    Very cool.Thank you, Joe. Lovely area for sure!

  2. This is an interesting little history tidbit. I know I love living and exploring in Stevens County!

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