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Northern Idaho boasts some of Idaho’s most scenic mountain ranges – the Selkirk, Cabinet, Coeur d’Alene and Bitterroot Mountains. The water of the Pend Oreille, Coeur d’Alene, and Priest Lakes, set against lush evergreen mountains, makes Idaho’s northern region an unforgettable vacation paradise. After the glaciers of the last great ice age melted, they left beautiful lakes, mountains and rivers and the most fertile valleys.

For thousands of years, nations of tribal people lived in family bands along the lakes and rivers of Northern Idaho. The Kootenai Indians live to the north, near what is now the U.S./ Canadian Border. In the early 1800’s French speaking fur traders gave French names to some of the tribes. The Schee-Chu-Umsh was given the name Coeur d’Alene, which was an attempt to describe their sharp trading practices. They were said to have hearts (Coeur) as sharp as the point of an awl (Alene) . The Nimipu became Nez Perce “Pierced nose” and a small tribe living near the Kootenai became known as the Pend Oreille “ear pendant”.

As the Mission of the Sacred Heart was being completed in 1853, General Isaac Stevens, the first governor of Washington Territory, came through the Northwest with a survey party in search of a northern route for a transcontinental railroad. He assigned Lt. John Mullan with a crew of about 150 men to construct a 624 mile wagon road from Ft. Benton on the Missouri River to Ft. Walla Walla on the Columbia. On July 4, 1861 the men celebrated the road known today as the Fourth of July Pass.

While Fort Coeur d’Alene was under construction, a veteran prospector Named Andrew Prichard discovered gold on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. They tried to keep it a secret but word got out and prospectors rushed in, including Wyatt Earp and his brothers. The town of Murray, Prichard and Eagle were built overnight. The discovery of gold and silver coincided with the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the second transcontinental rail line in the U.S.

Spanning 400 feet across Sand Creek in downtown Sandpoint, the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market is the only marketplace on a bridge in the U.S.

Oh yes, the northern panhandle is rich with history. But nowadays, folks come to experience the lush green forests and snowy mountain tops, to crystal clear lakes and rivers. With so many choices, outdoor enthusiasts are guaranteed a spectacular Northern Idaho adventure.

Northern Idaho is approximately 80% forested and 20% farmland. National Forests comprise approximately 2.5 million acres of public land. In addition to Championship Fishing, there is a host of other water related activities as well, including classic wooden boat shows, sailboat rigattas, paddlewheel boat cruises and dozens of beaches and swimming areas. There are many ways to explore the state - state parks, rock climbs, camping, skiing, ATV riding, golfing, skating, snowshoeing, geocaching, hunting, fishing, biking or hiking - this is one state where you have it all!

The Northern Idaho region is most noted for silvaculture, which is the growing of trees and production of lumber through the region of 12 lumber mills. The production of grass seeds and hops for beer production are another significant asset. There are also many cattle ranches.


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