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Laurier-Cascade Border Crossing
Laurier WA US border station.jpg
US Border Inspection Station at Laurier, Washington
Location
Country United States; Canada
Location
  • US 395 / Hwy 395
  • US Port: U.S. Route 395, Laurier, WA 99146
  • Canadian Port: 102 Highway 395, South Christina Lake BC V0H 1E0
Coordinates 49°00′00″N 118°13′26″W / 49.000081°N 118.223947°W / 49.000081; -118.223947Coordinates: 49°00′00″N 118°13′26″W / 49.000081°N 118.223947°W / 49.000081; -118.223947
Details
Opened 1897
Hours Open 8:00AM - Midnight
U.S. Inspection Station – Laurier, Washington
MPS U.S. Border Inspection Stations MPS
NRHP reference No. 14000612
Added to NRHP September 10, 2014

The Laurier-Cascade Border Crossing connects the town of Kettle Falls, Washington with Christina Lake, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. This crossing is the point at which the road signed as US Route 395 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 395 on the Canadian side, the Kettle River, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the runway of the Avey Field State Airport all traverse the Canada–US border. The US and Canadian border inspection agencies inspect trains, motor vehicles and airplanes.

History

Laurier WA border station 1936
Laurier, WA border station as seen in 1936

Canada has operated a border station at this crossing since 1897, when the prospecting boom was at its peak. In 1899, the Columbia and Western Railway laid tracks across the border. The mining boom ended soon after, and a series of fires (one of which destroyed 6 hotels in 1899 in the boomtown of Cascade City) hastened the departure of many. A large sawmill operated in Cascade just north of the border until the 1930s. Although the Laurier post office remains in operation, the town is gone. The Cascade post office closed in 1973, and the location where the center of town once stood is now a golf course.

The US built a border inspection station at Laurier in 1933, which remains in use today. It was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Canada replaced its 1950-era border station in 2007.


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