DC Corbin built a railway through Stevens County and to the Canadian Border in 1889 and 1890. The enterprise could make or break a town and everyone had a stake in it. The changes brought on by the railroad brought many more settlers and more commerce to the area. But at the same time they took away the dominance of Colville and other towns built along the ancient water ways and gathered goods for transport to and from the rest of the country to and from the flat and dry rail yards of Spokane. Spokane soon became the biggest city between the Rockies and the Cascade Mountains.