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Loon Lake

In 1889, it was established as a private park by D. C. Corbin, a railroad builder and banker. In 1897, it was sold to Evan Morgan, who made it a public recreation center. The name is borrowed from Loon Lake, on which the town is located.

The tour skirts Loon Lake, warm and clear and shallow along its sandy shores; it is about a mile long and one-half mile wide, with wooded hills on the west down to the water’s edge.

In July 1881, the lake was named by John U. Hofstetter, a Colville valley pioneer, because it was a favored nesting place for loons.

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Former Log Hut

Although the hut no longer exists, the history nugget is great. On the west bank of Loon Lake was a log hut; it was once occupied by Harry Tracy, better known as “Tracy, the Bandit,” probably the most notorious outlaw of the State since the turn of the century.

Loon Lake School

Substantial white settlement in the Loon Lake area began in the 1870s founded upon an local economy of mining, agriculture, logging, lumber milling, and ice cutting. Efforts to establish a school for the community succeeded in 1889 when a local district was approved, prior to the platting of any towns in the immediate vicinity. This brick schoolhouse replaced two others and housed its first classes in 1930. Through the years, the school has also served the community by hosting a variety of community events as well as being a voting place. The Loon Lake Old Schoolhouse Museum is a 1929 brick schoolhouse that is now the home of Loon Lake Historical Society.