History Blog

Explore these articles to learn more about the unique history of North Idaho.

Forest Cemetery: Peaceful and orderly

By Museum of North Idaho | Jan 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Forest Cemetery: Peaceful and orderly

Coeur d’Alene Press| January 30, 2021 1:00 AM Excerpted from Coeur d’Alene’s Parks and Recreation 24-page “Walking Tour of The Forest Cemetery” Over 140 years ago, the U.S. Army established a…

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Coeur d’Alene High School

By Museum of North Idaho | Jan 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Coeur d’Alene High School

Written by Robert Singletary for the Nickel’s Worth 1/8/2021 On January 2, 1911, one hundred and ten years ago, a new and modern high school building was opened for classes…

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North Idaho’s Automotive History

By Museum of North Idaho | Jan 1, 2021 | Comments Off on North Idaho’s Automotive History

Written by Robert Singletary. Featured in the Nickel’s Worth Jan 1, 2021. One of the first automobiles in northern Idaho was a 1902 Oldsmobile owned by Fred Landrus, pictured above. …

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Hughes House Museum in St. Maries

By Museum of North Idaho | Dec 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Hughes House Museum in St. Maries

Written by Robert Singletary. Published in the Nickel’s Worth December 25, 2020. This log house was built in St. Maries in 1902 and started out as a men’s club. From…

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Father Purcell makes major contributions to North Idaho

By Museum of North Idaho | Dec 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Father Purcell makes major contributions to North Idaho

By Robert Singletary Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press| December 18, 2020 1:00 AM Thomas J. Purcell was born in Wales of Irish parents in 1868. He came to the U.S. with…

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When trains collide

By Museum of North Idaho | Nov 20, 2020 | Comments Off on When trains collide

November 20, 2020 1:00 AM (in part from the Spokesman-Review July 31,1909) The 1909 Homestead Act opened up a large area of land south of Coeur d’Alene whereby citizens could…

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Marcus Wright: The Tie King of North Idaho

By Museum of North Idaho | Nov 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Marcus Wright: The Tie King of North Idaho

By By ROBERT SINGLETARY/Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press Robert Singletary Special To The Press| November 13, 2020 1:00 AM Marcus Wright, a native of Kentucky, moved to the village of Spokane…

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The man behind Hamilton House

By Museum of North Idaho | Oct 30, 2020 | Comments Off on The man behind Hamilton House

By By DEBORAH AKERS MITCHELL| October 30, 2020 1:00 AM With all the recent articles about saving the Hamilton House, it is time to learn about the person who built it —…

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Prohibition prognosticator pushes peanut

By Museum of North Idaho | Oct 5, 2020 | Comments Off on Prohibition prognosticator pushes peanut

October 5, 2020 1:00 AM In 1909, Kootenai County citizens voted to outlaw liquor sales and become a “dry” county. The “drys” won by a narrow margin of 164 votes.…

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Cd’A went ‘dry’ ahead of its time

By Museum of North Idaho | Sep 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Cd’A went ‘dry’ ahead of its time

By By RICHARD SHELDON/Museum Of North Idaho| September 11, 2020 12:30 AM First of two parts As the United States entered the 20th century, two important issues came together in a manner…

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Navy recruit torched new civic center

By Museum of North Idaho | Sep 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Navy recruit torched new civic center

By By ROBERT SINGLETARY/Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press| September 4, 2020 1:00 AM In 1935 plans were underway to build a new civic center in the Coeur d’Alene City Park, replacing…

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Treaty Rock and ‘Little Falls’

By Museum of North Idaho | Sep 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Treaty Rock and ‘Little Falls’

| September 2, 2020 1:00 AM Saturday’s edition of The Coeur d’Alene Press, Aug. 22, published my short history of Treaty Rock. Mark Weadick raised the question, “… which falls on…

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