A tradition born of bootlegging…. Just how long does it take for a barrel to travel along the Kettle River from the Midway Bridge at Ferry, Washington to the Town Bridge of Curlew, Washington? In an annual event, that’s been taking place since 1950 (with a short hiatus in the 1970’s), folks in Curlew challenge […]
In 1901, the cable ferry used to cross the Kettle River at Curlew, Washington was replaced by the sturdy Curlew Bridge, a one-lane bridge, which is still in use. The photogenic Curlew Bridge provides attractive east/west views of the the Kettle River. The bridge, though narrow and antique in appearance, is still actively used by […]
If it has been awhile since you enjoyed the excitement of small-town, dirt-track racing, this is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the experience.
Located a half mile south of Republic, Washington on Pendry Road, the nonprofit Eagle Track Raceway Association hosts 3/8 mile, dirt-track, stock car racing. Classes include Modified, Street Stock, and Fever Four (Fever-4).
Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of A County Fair…. Looking for an end-of-the-summer weekend that doesn’t involve smog, traffic-choked streets, expensive parking, and crowd-clogged events? Then skip Seattle’s Bumbershoot and plan to attend the annual Ferry County Fair in Republic, Washington. A scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, the fair provides visitors with all the fun and […]
Ride a country fair merry-go-round at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and experience the golden age of carousels…. In 1958 a group of local ranchers cosigned a $2000.00 loan to purchase a portable Country Fair style carousel, with 24 hand-carved horses, that they’d located in Tacoma, Washington. They carried it back to Republic, Washington in the […]
View of rail trail trestle from Ferry County Rail Trail path. The Ferry County Rail Trail encompasses a 28-mile corridor from the San Poil Mill site ( three miles outside of Republic, WA) north to the Canadian Border. The rail bed, once part of the Great Northern Railroad, is now a beautiful trail that passes […]
Recognized by many as Japan’s first English teacher, Ranald MacDonald was buried in an Indian Cemetery on the east side of Customs Road, on a hill that overlooks the Kettle River below. His grave site is the smallest state park in Washington State. Ten and a half miles from Curlew, Washington in a small graveyard overlooking […]
In 1898 a woman on horse back rode the hills around Republic, Washington looking for a suitable burial place for a man who’d recently died. At the time, Republic was a rough and tumble gold rush town filled to the brim with miners, and as yet hadn’t established a cemetery. That all changed when a […]