Let Me Introduce You To My Home State Part 2
Part 2 of my WA State series brings us to the upper right hand corner of the state. Colville, WA. Population 4,706 in the 2014 census. Several routes will take you to Canada from Colville and depending which one you choose, Canada lies a mere 50-60 miles away.
The Husband spent his childhood years in the Colville/Kettle Falls/Northport area so anytime we are in the northeast corner of the state, his nostalgia kicks into high gear.
As you head North towards Colville from Spokane you will first come upon Deer Park. We spent the summer of 2016 based at an RV Park in Deer Park. The Settler’s Day Parade in Deer Park was by far one of the best small town parades I’ve seen. It also holds the distinction of being the oldest parade in the State of Washington according to the Deer Park city website.
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Next Up Is Loon Lake
Several miles past Deer Park we come upon Loon Lake. A lovely lake now almost completely bordered by waterfront houses. Some summer cottages and some full-time residences. Available waterfront property is getting gobbled up and becoming harder and harder to find (as well as more expensive each year).
Next up is the tiny little burg of Clayton, WA. So tiny (population 443 in the 2010 census) that I was amazed it has it’s own zip code (99110).
Chewelah is the next town on our route and had a population of 2,602 in the 2014 census. 49° North Mountain Resort has become a very popular winter ski destination and is a mere 10 miles from Chewelah, making this little town a great option for lodging, meals and fuel. Chewelah has some beautiful old buildings in their downtown area that caught my eye.
And Then The Tiny Town Of Addy
Next up as we headed further toward Colville was Addy, Wa. The Husband fondly remembers attending dances at the Addy Grange Hall.
If You Live Here You Need To Be Prepared For Winter!!
Life here isn’t for the faint of heart as winters can be long and hard. They are only now emerging from one of the hardest winters in history. Record snow fall that started early and stayed late followed by record amounts of rain just about the same time the snow was melting caused wide spread flooding and road washouts. Although our trip was not affected by any road closures, the flooding was still very apparent. What was a creek is now a rushing stream. What had been a stream is now a small river and most low lying pasture and crop land is still submerged.
The Largest Town In Stevens County And The End Of The Line For Today
Colville was the end of the line for us today. With a population of 4,706 in the 2014 census, Colville is the biggest town in this corner of the state. As the largest town between the Canadian border and Spokane, Colville offers more shopping and service options as well as restaurants, bowling and other activities. It is also home to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, a general medical and surgical hospital with 25 beds.
Colville, like so much of Stevens County, suffered extensive flooding this past winter (2016/2017) and is still waiting for the water to dissipate. Farmers are unable to get into fields to start their spring work because many of their fields would better be described as lakefront property at this time.
And A Few More Of The Husband’s Memories!
Colville is home to Vaagen Brothers Lumber which is a 3rd generation family owned business and employs just over 200 people in their Stevens County locations. Vaagen Brothers has mills in the western U.S. and Canada. This mill also holds some memories for The Husband as his grandfather, Emory McNinch, was one of the first loggers to haul logs into the Vaagen Sawmill in the mid-1950’s. His company name was E.J. McNinch and Sons. Like I said, this entire area holds many nostalgic memories for The Husband.
That’s it for Installment #2 of our introduction to Washington (our home state). I hope you will join us for Installment #3 at a later date.