From the great deep Pend Oreille lake in the northern Idaho
panhandle, the river flows westward until it comes to the Washington
state line. There it turns northward as it eases in to Washington and
Pend Oreille County. It runs north to Canada and then turns west to
join the Columbia River. In the 1800s, they called the river Clarks
Fork, now it is called the Pend Oreille. About one hundred
years ago, Pend d’ Oreille was the common spelling.
It is a county of natural beauty and hardy, friendly people.
A place to visit (especially in the summer time). The winter can be
downright cold, often accompanied by a goodly amount of snow.
Pend Oreille County was the last county to be erected in
Washington State. That event did not happen until 11 November 1911. In
that year, Pend Oreille was separated from it’s parent county, Stevens.
Newport is the county seat and is located on the Washington, Idaho
state line. The population of Pend Oreille county was 6,025 in 1970,
estimated to be 11,526 in 1998. The name Pend Oreille is said to have
come from a French trapper’s description of the dangling earring
pendants worn by a local Indian tribe.