Orient, Washington

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Orient, Washington
Census-designated place
Orient School
Orient School
Orient is located in Washington (state)
Orient is located in the US
Coordinates: 48°51′58″N 118°12′10″W / 48.86611°N 118.20278°W / 48.86611; -118.20278Coordinates: 48°51′58″N 118°12′10″W / 48.86611°N 118.20278°W / 48.86611; -118.20278
Country United States
State Washington
County Ferry
 • Total 0.43 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 1,453 ft (443 m)
Population (2014)estimate
 • Total 113
 • Density 262/sq mi (101/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99160
Area code(s) 509
GNIS feature ID 1524070[1]

Orient is a small unincorporated community in northeastern Ferry County, Washington, United States. The Kettle River flows to the east of the town and marks the border with Stevens County. A BNSF rail line runs through the town alongside U.S. Route 395. The population at the 2010 census was 115.[2]


Orient was the endpoint of a cable bucket tramway completed in 1892 that ran from the First Thought Mine.[3] The First Thought Mine closed down in 1942.[4]

Orient was first settled in 1900 by Alec Ireland and by George Temple in 1901.[5]

Other mines, which were located in the area, Hidden Treasure mine, Red Lion mine, Copper butte mine, Globe mine, and Scotia mine.

Orient School[edit]

Orient is served by Orient School District No. 65. The district offers classes from kindergarten to grade 8. In October 2004, the district had an enrollment of 88 and a single school. The Orient School building is one of the oldest continuously used schoolhouses in Washington state. It was built in 1910.