Republic Washington sits on the western foothills of the Kettle River Range at a base elevation of 2,400 feet above sea level, 30 miles south of the U.S. / Canadian in northeastern Washington State. The small incorporated city is the seat of Ferry County covering 1.59 square miles of landscape. 2014 U.S. Census population is 1,083, another thousand or more people live in the nearby countryside and seasonal visitation add additional people into this area during the fair weather months.
It was gold prospectors who in the late 19th century founded The Mining District of Eureka on mineral rich Eureka Creek. The Great Republic claim, found by Thomas Ryan and Philip Creasor on March 5, 1896, was the highest producer of gold in the region and 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.
|Ferry County Courthouse, Republic Washington|
|Sherman Peak (left) at 7,011' and Snow Peak at 7,103' in the center of the Kettle River Range seen from the west.|
The elevation profile of Republic WA is approximately 725 feet measured from the San Poil River stream-bed to the junction of N. Madison Avenue and Gold Mountain Road. The city lays primarily on a south to southwest facing aspect above the confluence of Granite Creek and the San Poil River. The center altitude of the town, at the meeting of Highway 21 and Clark Street, is 2,561’ above sea level. The incorporated city of Republic, according to the most recent U.S. Census is 1.591 square mile or 1018.24 acres.
If you are in the remote city of Republic you are never far from the mountains that define part of the nature of this unique area of Washington State.
|The Kettle River Range to the east of Republic.|
|Republic's iconic landmark, Big Gib with a summit of 3,350'|
|Republic Main Street - Summer|
|Republic Main Street - Winter|
Honor guard at Republic’s Prospector’s Days annual event 2nd weekend every June.
|Republic's Can-Can Girls carrying on a popular dance from the 1840's...|
|Republic's Clark Avenue hosts the annual Prospector's Days Parade...|