By Robert Singletary, Special to the Nickel’s Worth

As new and improved highways began to develop in northern Idaho during the 1950s and 1960s, there was a revival of tourism, especially in Coeur d’Alene. Kyle Walker, who became the manager of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce in 1948, spearheaded the promotion of Coeur d’ Alene as a tourist destination. While visiting northern Idaho as a reporter for the American Field Magazine, Walker fell in love with the area’s people, its beautiful scenery, and its recreational opportunities. He was the Chamber’s manager until his retirement in 1971. It was in those years that he earned the nickname “Mr. Coeur d’Alene.”

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