Our journey began in Colville, Washington. Near the Canadian border, it is bordered by the Selkirk mountains and the Colville National Forest. We began at Fort Colville Museum, a great place to get a feel for the history of the area.
The first white man in the area that is now Colville was David Thompson, who came in 1811 to explore the Columbia River for the Northwest Fur Company. A few months later a water route was opened from Astoria up the Columbia through Canadian waters, and overland to the Great Lakes or Hudson Bay. Trapping, lumber and mining were early day draws to this area pioneers.