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The Dollar House: Elegance on Sherman

By Robert Singletary| April 24, 2020 1:00 AM William Dollar, a native of Ottawa, Canada, was one of the first experienced timber agents to take advantage of the timber boom that was occurring in northern Idaho during the early 1900s. He arrived in Coeur d’Alene in 1899 and immediately began purchasing timberland for the Robbins Timber Company…

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The hill that changed the city

By Richard Sheldon| April 9, 2020 1:12 AM Born in Germany in the late 1850s, Wilhelm Martin Anthony August von Tubbe ran away to the United States at age 17. He changed his name to Anthony August Tubbs (Tony Tubbs), a name that will live forever in Coeur d’Alene history. After arriving in the United States he…

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Moving History Forward: Capt. John Mullan, the man behind the trail

By Dick Sheldon| March 20, 2020 1:00 AM In 1859, 1st Lt. John Mullan Jr. engineered and built a road (trail) from Fort Benton, Mont., to Walla Walla, Wash., passing nearby the current location of Coeur d’Alene. Three years later, with the help of 200 soldiers and civilians, the 611-mile trail was completed. The lieutenant became Capt.…

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The Hero on the Bridge

The date was March 1971. I was 11 years old. My mother came into the house in a panic screaming that the “River Bridge” had collapsed and three men had fallen into the river as a result.  Our neighbor Harry Buttons was one of them. My mother loaded us into the car. We went the…

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Moving History Forward: There’s no sunshine when they’re gone*

By Dick Sheldon| March 5, 2020 1:12 AM One hundred seventy-three went into the Silver Valley’s Sunshine Mine on May 2, 1972. One week later, only 87 of them were alive. The last two survivors were rescued after eight days of entrapment. Death resulted from the fumes which had spread quickly through the miles of tunnels dug…

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The Hamilton House Moved For The Cut

Written by Deborah Mitchell When the Milwaukee railroad wanted a freight route to the waterfront, they had to purchase the right-of-way across a significant amount of private property, some with homes already on them. One of the highest prices paid was for a large lot with a magnificent new home on it, built in 1908…

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MOVING HISTORY FORWARD

| February 28, 2020 1:00 AM A short history of a giving family Adolph and Anna Molstead, nee Nilson immigrated from Norway in 1888 and were married in 1890 in Elkhorn, Mont. Looking for a healthier environment, they moved to early Coeur d’Alene. Adolph found the lake to be reminiscent of the fjords of his native…

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Murder Haunts the Movie Star

John Virgil Turner was born in Mt Pleasant, Tennessee on September 11, 1894, as shown on his WWI Draft Registration.  After his discharge from the Army he settled in Picher, Oklahoma, where he met the 15 year old Mildred Francis Cowan. The couple eloped to Miami, Oklahoma and married on January 5th, 1920. Sometime after…

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Coeur d’ Alene’s Railway Tunnel

Written By Don Pischner A concrete abutment located just off of the southeast corner of Garden Avenue and Government Way (near the front door of the “Hitching Post”) identifies the southeast portal of an abandoned railway tunnel. The tunnel remains today, in place and intact. Actually, it was a subway, built as a concrete arch…

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From the Board President- January 2020

Written By: Mike Dixon It happened! The J.C. White house has been moved and is resting proudly on its new foundation at the base of Tubbs Hill. This move and the appearance of the house at its new site has generated a level of excitement and support that the Museum of North Idaho has seldom,…

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