Orient was the endpoint of a cable bucket tramway completed in 1892 that ran from the First Thought Mine. The First Thought Mine closed down in 1942.
Orient was first settled in 1900 by Alec Ireland and by George Temple in 1901.
Other mines, which were located in the area, Hidden Treasure mine, Red Lion mine, Copper butte mine, Globe mine, and Scotia mine.
Historic Landmark Edit
Orient is served by Orient School District No. 65. The district offers classes from kindergarten to grade 8. The Orient School building is one of the oldest continuously used schoolhouses in Washington state. It was built in 1910.
Enrollment as of 2004 was 88.
Enrollment as of 2014 was 33.