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Hunters is north of Davenport in southwest Stevens County. It was once on the east bank of the Columbia River, but moved a mile-and-a-half east when the Grand Coulee Dam flooded the site in 1939–40. James Hunter founded it in 1880 and was its namesake; he was reputed to be the first settler between Rickey Rapids on the north and Spokane River mouth on the south. On April 15, 1901, H. W. Latta platted a town site. Hunter built a ferry across Columbia River from the mouth of Hunters Creek, and established a water-powered sawmill and feed-mill on the creek. The place became a distributing center for mines to the east and south, with three stores, a cheese factory, hotel, church, and stage line. The town still boasts several early frame buildings and a small but active business center for the surrounding farm community.