Colville is a mountain town in America's forested northwest, a town with Victorian, as well as traditional modern homes, a clean looking town that serves recreational, timber, and farm interests.
Elevation: 1,635 feet; population 4,760
Colville (pronounced "Call-ville") is the county seat of Stevens County (population, est. 40,066 in 2000 census) and lies in the Colville River Valley about one-half mile east of the Colville River and 10 miles east of the Kettle River and Columbia River.
Colville is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 395 (north-south) which runs completely from Mexico to Canada through the center of Colville, forming the town's main street, and State Highway 20 (east-west), which runs from the Idaho-Washington border to the Pacific coast and Washington's San Juan Islands.
Colville's slogan is "City of Proud Heritage." Trade area population is about 26,500, and extends to about a 60-mile radius. Principal industries in Colville and nearby are timber, agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.
Special features include the town's unusually wide streets, originally designed to allow a 16-horse team of log-hauling horses to turn a load of logs. North of town is Colville Mountain, which displays a lighted cross for Christmas and Easter holidays and for other special occasions. Weather in Colville is moderate, with some precipitation occurring nearly every month. Tornadoes are unknown but a "wind inversion" in 1990 did slight damage to a few buildings in town.
Climate and Topography
Temperature extremes in summer months may reach the middle 90s and above. In winter months they may reach 15 to 20F. Nighttime winter temperatures occasionally go as low as 0 F., and below. The average length of the growing season in and around Colville is 180 days, ranging from May to October. Sunshine is an estimated 55%. Wind averages about 6 mph.
Some "electrical disturbances" occur. Temperatures in June, are, during the day, in the middle to high 80s and in the low 50s at night. Days are sunny and warm, with clear skies and calm to light breezes.