Metaline Falls is a town in Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States. Take a look below for 15 amazing and fun facts about Metaline Falls, Washington, United States.
1. The population was 238 at the 2010 census.
2. Evidence of early indigenous peoples in the area dates to some 12,000 years ago.
3. By 1810, European fur traders were crossing the area.
4. The settlement of Metaline Falls was founded in 1900, with most of its residents then employed by the Mammoth and Morning lead-zinc mines.
5. Metaline Falls was officially incorporated on 3 May 1911.
6. The name Metaline comes from the abundance of lead ore, galena, found in the region.
7. Though these lead deposits were known since 1869, mining did not commence until 1886.
8. Then in 1910, Metaline Falls was connected with the Idaho and Washington Northern Railroad.
9. The Lehigh Portland Cement Co. plant was soon built, taking advantage of the region’s limestone deposits. The Pend Oreille Mine was developed in 1929 by Lewis P. Larsen, and combined with production from the Grandview Mine and the Metaline Mine, the area became the state’s largest producer of lead and zinc.
10. In 1942, Executive Order 9066 was issued, resulting in the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans. George Kubota, Sr., the patriarch of a Japanese-American family who ran a hardware store in town, was arrested and imprisoned by the FBI in Spokane.
11. The editors of the Metaline Falls newspaper and the majority of residents in town protested the arrest, vouching for the Kubota family’s loyalty. The FBI eventually released Kubota from custody and did not send the family to an internment camp.
12. The train sequences of the 1993 film Benny & Joon were filmed in the Metaline Falls area; the 1997 film The Postman was filmed in part in the area.
13. The town’s geographic location is similar to that of the fictitious town of Twin Peaks from the TV series of the same name (“Five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line”).[
14. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2), all of it land.
15. Metaline Falls has a dry-summer Humid continental climate (Dsb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.