Category Archives: Steamboats and Ferries

10,000 BC – 1939

The Steamboat Era

The first transportation of the industrial age to enter Northeast Washington, were steamboats.  With parts brought in on wagons and boats assembled on site early ships captains cashed in on the need to export ore, fruit and livestock and to import settlers, miners and trade goods into the upper Columbia.  A steamboat landing involved the whole community.  Firewood needed to be supplied, food and accommodations flourished.   Trading establishments and warehouses sprang up.
Captain Leonard White constructed the first steamboat above Kettle Falls in 1865 to service the burgeoning mining regions to the north.