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There are thity-nine 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.

Pend Oreille County, Washington

Pend Oreille County Education, Geography, and History

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Pend Oreille County is a county located in the northeast corner of the state of Washington. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,001. The county seat and largest city is Newport. The county was created out of Stevens County on March 1, 1911. It is the most recently formed of the state's 39 counties. It is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe.

Pend Oreille County is included in the Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Pend Oreille County Name

It is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, whose name is French for "earring" (literally "hangs from ear"), which refers to the large shell earrings that these people wore..


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Pend Oreille County History

Pend Oreille County was created 1 March 1911 from Stevens County. Pend Oreille County, in the extreme northeast corner of Washington, was the last county created in the state. The long narrow strip of land bordering the Idaho Panhandle comprised the easternmost part of Stevens County until designated a separate county in 1911. In 1912, Newport, the largest town, defeated three other contenders to become county seat. The name Pend Oreille derives from a French-Canadian fur trade moniker for local Indians who probably wore large ear pendants. The area that became the small, sparsely populated county was in many ways the last frontier in the state. Its inhabitants were first the indigenous peoples, then fur traders and explorers, followed by missionaries, then miners, loggers, and homesteaders. Industries such as timber, mining, and cement manufacture provided employment, but most of the profits flowed to outside investors, leaving little for local development. Today the county is working to upgrade its economy, while its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities are attracting tourism and settlement.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,425 square miles (3,692 km2), of which, 1,400 square miles (3,627 km2) of it is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) of it (1.76%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Boundary County, Idaho east
  • Bonner County, Idaho east
  • Spokane County, Washington south
  • Stevens County, Washington west

It also shares its northern border with British Columbia, Canada.

  • Central Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia


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