CLIMATE: Cool winter and summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
Semi-ghost. -update:However if visitors
were to drive a short distance east of Orient up the forest service roads
they will find several old mining buildings, cabins and some sealed and
un-sealed mine shafts. There is a little for everybody. People can obtain
forest service maps in the town of Kettle Falls which will show all the
mines in the area ( Easter Sunday and Iron Horse ) to name few. I am a sportsman
and I have checked out these areas several times. I am also sure that these
places are what made Orient what it was back then. The roads can be traveled
on by car with a short hike to the area of interest or driven right up to
them by a light truck or SUV.-Andre Tuttle
REMAINS: Some original buildings.
|The town was platted in 1900 with the hope that money could be found to finance the cost of hard rock mining as there were no loose placer grains in the stream. As the mines developed in a big way, so did the town. There were three hotels, several large livery stables, stores, a freight company and five saloons. Old timers say there is much gold to be had but it will stay right where it is until the price of gold advances, if ever. Mining machinery is still on site but continues to rust away as time passes by. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.|