The city of Newport has a population of just over 2,000 and shares a state line with Oldtown, Idaho, just west of the Pend Oreille River. Sitting at a comfortable elevation of 2,160 feet, Newport is a city that provides a unique experience of four distinct seasons. Visitors to Newport will find a unique blend of pioneer spirit, visitor amenities, and small town hospitality.
In 1889, a store opened on the Idaho side of the settlement, and a post office was established in 1890 with the name Newport in hopes that the town would attract river traffic. In 1892, the Great Northern Railroad built a depot on the Washington side of the border and the community shifted west, thriving as an outfitting center for nearby mines.
Visitors can relive the town’s history today with a tour of the Northern Railroad Depot, which now houses the Pend Oreille County Historical Museum. On the grounds of the museum are a caboose, a pioneer school house and church, a fire lookout, a settler’s cabin, a logging bunkhouse, and displays of farm equipment and Native American artifacts.
Summertime brings the Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival to Newport City Park. Spend the weekend browsing through the many booths of local and unique artists, artisans, and growers. There will also be opportunities to make lavender wands, learn how to grow and process lavender, and watch stained glass demonstrations.
For outdoor recreation, the Colville National Forest offers 1.1 million acres of forest for exploring. Experience the solitude of hiking in the wilderness on hundreds of miles of trails, camping near others in developed campgrounds, or the solitude of camping in the back country or wilderness. The forest is also a prime location for plenty of great fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, off-road vehicles, and winter activities, such as cross-country and downhill skiing and snowmobiling.
Discover North America’s only multi-national scenic loop by taking a drive on the International Selkirk Loop. This 280-mile scenic drive encircles the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. Play on crystal clear rivers and lakes amid snow-capped peaks and abundant wildlife, including deer, elk, and moose, along with various wild birds. And be sure to take in the other charming communities along the way.
Less than an hour’s drive north to Spokane, which has an international airport for quick access to the city, Newport is a place rich in history and culture. An abundance of adventures and small town charm await newcomers.
If you are considering purchasing land in or near Newport, contact the Clearwater Montana Properties office and speak to our real estate agents. They have knowledge of the area and can help you find the piece of property that you've always wanted.