Stevens County was named for Washington's first territorial governor, Isaac I. Stevens. When the new Washington territory was formed on March 2, 1853, Stevens applied to President Pierce for the governorship. Pierce selected Stevens for the post which carried with it the title of Superintendent of Indian Affairs. More information on Isaac I. Stevens.
The Stevens Territory represented an area covering what are now 13 counties in eastern Washington, all of northern Idaho and much of western Montana. Various changes of Stevens County boundaries thru the years. Before the advent of white settlement, Kettle Falls on the Columbia River was a gathering place for 14 tribes that fished there for salmon. In 1811, white explorers embarked downriver from Kettle Falls to what became the Fort Colville trading post. Established in 1825, it was the principal outpost for Hudson's Bay Company operations stretching from the Mississippi River to the Cascade Mountains. For more information on the economic history of Stevens County.
The current Stevens County Courthouse was completed in July 1939. The architect was G.A. Pehrson; the general contractor was Tri-State Construction Company of Portland, Oregon with the original cost of construction of $94,680.00. An addition and face-lift to the current Courthouse was completed in 1973 by the architect's Barnard and Holloway of Spokane, Washington.
County Size 2,478.3 Square Miles
County's Population 40,484
Stevens County currently ranks 23rd in population to the other counties of Washington State. Only 9.400% of the population lives within the six incorporated cities which are: Chewelah, Colville, Kettle Falls, Marcus, Northport and Springdale.
The Spokane Tribe occupies 237.5 square miles of Stevens County.
According to the 2000 Census, (Tract Number 9510) has a population of 2,004. Of the 2, 004 persons, 76.5% or 1,533 claim to be American Indian and/or Alaska Native race.
Largest City: Colville
Colville's Population 5,000
Congressional District 5th District
Legislative District 7th District
Voter Precincts 53 Precincts
Registered Voters 27,985
Economy: Timber, Agriculture, mining, recreation and tourism
Recreation Areas: 49 Degrees North, Colville National Forest, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area