METALINE FALLS, WA YEARS VISITED 2002 The Forgotten Corner, 2016 Pedaling the Inland Empire, 2017 Taking the High Road COUNTY Pend Oreille N O TA B L E A R E A H I G H L I G H T S The historic Cutter Theater, nearby Boundary Dam (operated by Seattle City Light), Box Canyon, and the noticeable lack of “falls” BICYCLING HIGHLIGHTS The International Selkirk Loop Trail The Metaline Falls area is the perfect jumping off point for bicycling the International Selkirk Loop, encompassing two states, two countries and 280 miles of low-traveled roads and scenic views. It encompasses much of what typifies many of our overnights in small town Washington — a population diminishing as families choose to move to bigger towns, but rich with a sense of history and place, extremely friendly and accommodating locals, and the distinct feeling that you’ve taken a step back in time. The Cutter Theater — originally the Metaline School — was built in 1912, and is where our riders got to pitch their tents for the final night of RAW 2016 before heading home. Wandering through the two-story, brick structure designed by Kirtland Cutter (who also designed Spokane’s Davenport Hotel and Seattle’s Rainier Club), you can’t help but admire the polished original floors, and lose yourself in the 100-year-old portraits of graduating classes of years past. During RAW last year, Metaline Falls Mayor Tara Leininger got into character in old-timey garb and narrated the boom and bust history of the town.
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