Metaline, WA - Population 170
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 50.905 W 117° 23.500
11U E 471265 N 5410679
Quick Description: At the south end of the little town/village/hamlet of Metaline along Highway 31 is their welcome sign, well weathered, claiming the town to be the "Oldest Town in Pend Oreille Co." and to have a population 0f 170.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 6/13/2014 1:00:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMKY82
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:
The sign is obviously many years old. Metaline's population as of 2010 was 173, telling us that Metaline is not a particularly quickly expanding town.

Though they make the claim of being the oldest, they seem not to be forthcoming in divulging the town's actual age. We know that Metaline Falls, across the Pend Oreille River and little more than a mile north, got its start right at the turn of the twentieth century, and by 1900 Newport, about 60 miles to the south, was alive and well.

Both the Metalines grew up around large deposits of Zinc and Lead, and so were exclusively mining town for the first decades of their lives. Though there is much low grade ore left to be harvested in the area, no mining activity of note takes place at present. Metaline, with a present population of about 175 souls, never was much larger, for the most part having been overshadowed by its similarly named neighbour to the north.
Address: Highway 31 & Housing Road, Metaline, WA

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