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20 Interesting And Awesome Facts About Colville, Washington, United States

Colville is a city in Stevens County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,673 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Stevens County. Take a look below for 20 interesting and awesome facts about Colville, Washington, United States.

1. John Work, an agent for The Hudson’s Bay Company, established Fort Colvile near the Kettle Falls fur trading site in 1825.

2. It replaced the Spokane House and the Flathead Post as the main trading center on the Upper Columbia River.

3. The area was named for Andrew Colvile, a Hudson’s Bay Company governor.

4. The fort continued to be used for some time as a center of mining and transportation/supply support associated with gold rushes in the 1850s, particularly the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush.

5. After it was abandoned in 1870, some buildings stood until as late as 1910. 

6. The site was flooded by Lake Roosevelt after construction of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.

7. Americans also wanted to operate in this territory. In the first half of the 19th century, the Oregon boundary dispute (or Oregon question) arose as a result of competing British and American claims to the Pacific Northwest.

8. It was settled by the Oregon Treaty of 1846, which set the new boundary between Canada and the United States at the 49th Parallel, about Forty (40) miles to the north.

9. In 1859, the U.S. Army established a new Fort Colville at Pinkney City, Washington, about 3 miles NE of the current city of Colville.

10. That fort was abandoned in 1882. In late 1871, with the resolution of Hudson’s Bay Company land claims, Governor Edward Selig Salomon directed John Wynne to accept those lands which extended south to Orin-Rice Road, including some currently part of the City of Colville.

11. With the planned closure of Fort Colville, businesses and buildings moved to the present location in the Colville River Valley prior to 1882.

12. In January 1883, W. F. Hooker filed the first plat in Stevens County with the name “Belmont” or “Bellmond” He was encouraged to change the plat name to Colville so that the county seat could be moved to this location.

13. On December 28, 1883, the Stevens County Board of County Commissioners, including county commissioner John U. Hofstetter, held a special session regarding the removal of county records to Belmont from the county seat of Colville, formerly called Pinkney City.

14. In that meeting, commissioners allowed moving the county seat and jail to the town with the name of Colville, if proprietors provided a block of land for them without cost.

15. County officers were allowed to move into a building owned by John U. Hofstetter for two years.

16. On January 1, 1884, the Stevens County courthouse moved to Colville.

17. City tradition says that Colville was founded by John U. Hofstetter. It was officially incorporated as a city on June 7, 1890.

18. In the 1950s, the Colville Air Force Station was developed and operated 14.7 miles north and east of Colville as part of the Air Defense Command’s network of radar stations. A few buildings remain at the site today. It is used largely by paint-ballers.

19. The area’s economy is based chiefly on agriculture and the timber and mining industry, manufacturing, and regional offices of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service, where the Colville National Forest is headquartered.

20. Major private employers include Boise Cascade, Vaagen Brothers, Hewes Marine, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Colmac Industries, and Delta Dental of Washington. Lesser industries are cattle, horse, and hay-farming. Tourism has increased to the nearby National Forest Land for hunting and fishing, and to local farms, orchards and corn mazes. A blossoming music, arts and crafts community has sprung up around the city’s rejuvenated downtown.

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