History Blog

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

Treaty Rock: What happened?

By Museum of North Idaho | Aug 21, 2020

| August 22, 2020 1:00 AM No treaty was signed there. No handshake or other customary method of sealing a deal was performed here. So, what’s the big deal? Here is…

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Hazel Cardwell, pioneer educator

By Museum of North Idaho | Aug 7, 2020

By Robert Singletary| August 7, 2020 1:00 AM Hazel Elizabeth Cardwell, pioneer educator and native of Coeur d’Alene, was born on May 2, 1891. As a child, she witnessed the last days…

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Famous local case: The Dollar fraud

By Museum of North Idaho | Jul 24, 2020

By Richard Sheldon| July 24, 2020 1:00 AM On Oct. 29, 1907, The Coeur d’Alene Press announced the United States District Court in Moscow had started the trial of Coeur d’Alene resident…

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TERESA GRAHAM: Grand Dame of North Idaho

By Museum of North Idaho | Jul 10, 2020

By Robert Singletary| July 10, 2020 1:00 AM Teresa Graham was one of the most prominent and influential women in North Idaho during the first half of the 20th Century. She came…

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The Tribe That Roared*

By Museum of North Idaho | Jun 19, 2020

By Dick Sheldon| June 19, 2020 1:00 AM No one really believed they would actually do it. But, on Sept. 20, 1974, Chairwomen of the Kootenai Tribal Council Amy Trice and Doug…

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Coeur d’Alene builds its first City Hall

By Museum of North Idaho | Jun 5, 2020

By Julie Gibbs| June 5, 2020 1:00 AM A close look at the three-story building dominating the southwest corner of Sherman Avenue and Fifth Street reveals two clues to its history. The…

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General Carlin’s lasting mark

By Museum of North Idaho | May 22, 2020

By Richard Sheldon| May 22, 2020 1:00 AM On the eastern side of Lake Coeur d’Alene is beautiful Carlin Bay. It is approximately 10 miles from Fort Sherman. Who was the man…

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Sunshine Mine disaster rewind

By Museum of North Idaho | May 8, 2020

By Richard Sheldon| May 8, 2020 1:00 AM What rankles in Bob Launhardt’s mind is the issue of what caused the disastrous and deadly 1972 Sunshine Mine fire that caused the deaths…

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The Dollar House: Elegance on Sherman

By Museum of North Idaho | Apr 24, 2020

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…

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The hill that changed the city

By Museum of North Idaho | Apr 9, 2020

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…

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Capt. John Mullan, the man behind the trail

By Museum of North Idaho | Mar 30, 2020

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…

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The Hero on the Bridge

By Museum of North Idaho | Mar 15, 2020

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…

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