City of Metaline Falls

Date Visited:   Sunday, May 29, 2005
Visited With:   Michelle & Tacoma Jenn
County:   Pend Oreille


The Towns of Metaline and Metaline Falls are nestled among pristine mountains, a Scenic River, and abundant wildlife. Metaline Falls was voted one of the "100 Best Small Art Towns in America" in 1996. The community prides itself in its development of culture and art. The residents love the small-town atmosphere while also enjoying the many artistic and cultural opportunities available. Historical buildings (including several by renowned architect, Kirtland Cutter) add to the charm of Metaline Falls. The Cutter Theatre, circa 1912, features live performances, an art gallery, the Historic Schools Display, and houses the Metaline Falls Library. The annual "Affair on Main Street" is a wonderful celebration held each Labor Day weekend, featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, great food, and a musical production. Other popular attractions include guided tours of unique rock formations in nearby Gardner Caves and jet boat tours on the Pend Oreille River. The North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway and the International Selkirk Loop pass through Metaline and Metaline Falls, delivering some of the most striking scenery Washington has to offer!

The "Metalines" are located on State Highway 31 twelve miles south of the Canadian Border, and approximately ninety miles north of Spokane. Access into Canada is through Port of Entry at Metaline Falls/Nelway crossing on Highway 31.
Pend Oreille County
Pend Oreille County's Web Site
25th Largest County - County Seat: Newport
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Pend Oreille County, in the Okanogan Highland Valley, is located in the northeast corner of the state. The county was named by a French trapper who discovered an Indian tribe in the area wearing dangling earring pendants, and therefore named it after these devices. Pend Oreille was established as a county on November 11, 1911.