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CITY OF REPUBLIC – April 2014
Republic is a picturesque town with a heritage based in the mining and logging industries. Originally named Eureka Gulch, Republic has a population just over 1,000 and is the county seat and largest town in Ferry County. Noted for its fossils, natural beauty and outdoor recreational possibilities, it nestles in a mountainous forested area between Wauconda Pass and Sherman Pass at the intersection of Washington State Routes 20 and 21. Republic is surrounded by National Forest lands, is within short driving distance of numerous lakes and campgrounds, and lies near the Canadian border. The surrounding “Panorama Land” features many beautiful sweeping vistas of untouched scenery and abundant wildlife.
Republic has four distinct seasons. Winters are cold with moderate snow, but little rain. Summers are comfortably warm and fairly dry. Spring and fall are shorter and wetter, with temperatures changing quickly.
January – High 29.6 F, Low 15.1 F
July – High 81.4 F, Low 45.3 F
January Rainfall – 1.72 inches
July Rainfall – 1.05 inches
January Snowfall – 15.0 inches
July Snowfall – 0.0 inches
Western Regional Climate Center
PROJECTS FILMED IN REPUBLIC
- A GMC Truck commercial filmed at the K-Diamond-K Guest Ranch
- The Husky Car and Truck Museum provided vintage vehicles for the feature film Snow Falling on Cedars
KEY LOCATIONS OF INTEREST
Ferry County and the Republic area have many scenic assets. The higher elevations offer sweeping vistas, scenic woodlands, abandoned mines, and the remains of log cabins on public lands, all accessed by Forest Service roads. Ferry County’s isolation and intensely rural character ensure that there are many areas accessible by road that are still uncluttered by power lines, highways and other man-made structures. The entire southern half of the county is part of the Colville Indian Reservation. The area also boasts several lakes and two largely undeveloped rivers.
Republic and the unincorporated community of Curlew have numerous historic buildings dating from the early part of the 20th century. Notable Republic structures are the Catholic and Episcopal Churches, the Republic Drug Store, which still uses its extendable canvas awning on summer days, the J.W. and Elizabeth Slagle House (its interior is being restored to early 1940s condition) and a 1930s courthouse. The Stonerose Fossil Interpretive Center in Republic is a major tourist attraction; it welcomes thousands of people each summer to dig and split rocks in search of 50,000-year-old plant, insect and fish fossils. The exposed rock layers give a vivid picture of the ancient lakebed where the fossils were deposited.
Curlew provides what is probably the best historic building exterior in Ferry County at the Ansorge Hotel. Built in the first decade of the 20th century, the hotel’s exterior and dining room have changed very little. Curlew’s other historic structures include a general store, Catholic Church, and original jail.
The Husky Car and Truck Museum preserves and exhibits 20th century automobiles, fire trucks, motorcycles and memorabilia. It is located beside Highway 21 just south of Curlew. In addition to the vehicles used in the motion picture Snow Falling on Cedars, assets include a small service station building from the 1920s or 1930s, and a steam sawmill that is under reconstruction.
RELEVANT CONTACT INFORMATION
- Local Film Liaison – Linda Hall, Office Manager and City Council Member, City of Republic, (509) 775-3216, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Agency that issues permits and costs – Linda Hall is also the contact for any necessary permissions or special accommodations in Republic. It should be noted that there are no permits or costs required for filming in Republic, for anything short of “extraordinary requests.”
- Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control – Inside of city limits contact Chief Jan Lewis, Republic Police, (509) 775-2812, email@example.com and outside city limits contact Pete Warner, Ferry County Sheriff’s Department, (509) 775-3132.
CLOSEST LARGE WASHINGTON AIRPORT
- Pangborn Memorial Airport: 160 miles
- Spokane International Airport: 130 miles
CLOSEST LARGE CITIES IN WASHINGTON
- Spokane: 123 miles
- Wenatchee: 167 miles
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