Republic, Washington

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Republic is a city in Ferry County, Washington, United States. The population was 954 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Ferry County.[3]

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History

Republic was founded by gold prospectors in the late 19th century. The Mining District of Eureka was established after gold was found on Eureka Creek. Philip Creasor platted a townsite to be named Eureka. Another strike was made nearby on Granite Creek. The Great Republic claim, found by Thomas Ryan and Philip Creasor on March 5, 1896, was the highest producer of gold. By 1900 the settlement was booming. A post office was established but postal authorities rejected the name Eureka because there was already a town by that name in Clark County, Washington. The citizens then decided to honor the Great Republic mining claim by proposing the name Republic. This name was accepted and the settlement was incorporated as a city on May 22, 1900. It was the sixth city incorporated in eastern Washington.[4]

Republic is also the site of the Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil Site, famous for the Eocene fossils found in a 49 mya lake bed at the north end of Republic. At the Ferry County Fairgrounds, located three miles (5 km) east of town on State Route 20, is the Ferry County Carousel originally built between 1895 and 1900. Republic has a many business that line Clark Ave (the main street through town) including Anderson's Grocery, which over a hundred years old. The Kinross Gold company and Ferry County Memorial Hospital are two of largest employers in the County.

Geography

Republic is located at 48°38′53″N 118°44′6″W / 48.64806°N 118.735°W / 48.64806; -118.735 (48.648159, -118.734947).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which, 1.54 square miles (4.1 km²) is land and 0.63% is water.

Republic is located near the source of the Sanpoil River in a long valley bordered on the west by the Okanagan Highlands to the west and the Kettle mountain range to the east. Curlew Lake, 7 miles (11 km) long (Elev: 2400 ft), provides fishing and boating to summer visitors northeast of Republic. Swan Lake is small mountain lake 14 miles (23 km) to the south of Republic and also serves to be a popular lake for local residents and tourists to visit. Republic is surrounded by the Colville National Forest and to the south is the Colville Indian Reservation.

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