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Washington CountiesThere are 39 counties in the state of Washington. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. The first counties were created from unorganized territory in 1845.
Ferry County, Washington
Ferry County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Elisha P. Ferry, the first governor of Washington.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Ferry County was created 18 February 1899 from Stevens County
Ferry County, carved out of Stevens County in 1899, is bounded by British Columbia on the north, Stevens County on the east, Lincoln County on the southwest, and Okanogan County on the west. Its county seat is Republic. Ferry County is 2,257 square miles in area. By the 2000 census, the population was 7,260, with a density of 3.3 per square mile, the lowest of Washington counties. The Colville National Forest and the Colville Indian Reservation occupy large tracts of land within the county. Historically, Ferry County‚€™s prosperity was based on gold mining, timber, and agriculture. Today there is little mining, and timber and agriculture have declined from their former importance. Yet much of the scenic beauty of Ferry County remains undiminished, and tourism, hunting, and fishing help sustain the economy.
Like all areas of Washington Territory, Ferry County was explored by many famous explorers, such as David Thompson of the Northwest Fur Traders and David Douglas, the noted botanist.
This information was provided courtesy of Mary Warring, former President of the Ferry County Historical Society.
Ferry County covers 2,200 square miles of rugged, mountainous terrain in northeast Washington. The county is bound by Canada to the north, Stevens County to the east, Okanogan County to the west, and Lincoln County to the south. The City of Republic is the county seat, and the only incorporated city within county limits. The Colville Confederated Tribe owns the southern portion of the county, while the northern half makes up a portion of the Colville National Forest. Ferry County is considered "frontier" country. It has often been stated that the only ways in and out of the county are over the highest year-round mountain pass in Washington, aboard a ferry, or through a foreign country. The community is full of determined and resilient people, many of them the descendents of homesteaders who came to the area to find their fortunes in gold or timber . Ferry County is an area rich in history, and is considered a geological phenomenon with the internationaly renowned StoneRose Fossil site. Today, people come from all over to enjoy our four seasons of recreational opportunities.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,257 square miles (5,847 km≤), of which,
2,204 square miles (5,708 km≤) of it is land and 53 square miles (139 km≤) of it (2.37%) is water.
(also shares northern border with British Columbia, Canada)
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"