Playland Pier

By ROBERT SINGLETARY, Special to the Press In the fall of 1940, Earl Somers and his wife Byrd, moved to Coeur d’Alene with the idea of building an amusement park.…

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History of The Flyer

By Robert Singletary, Special to the Nickel’s Worth On October 11, 1906, boat builder P.W. Johnson launched the Flyer, one of the most popular steamboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Flyer…

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Blackwell Park History

By Robert Singletary In 1902, Frederick Blackwell, a wealthy lumberman from Williamsport, Penn., came to Coeur d’Alene to invest in the emerging timber industry. In addition to developing one of the…

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What about Bob?

By BILL BULEYStaff Writer, Coeur d’Alene Press | March 3, 2021 1:00 AM COEUR d’ALENE — Robert Singletary knows Kootenai County’s history perhaps better than anyone. Even he thinks so. When asked if…

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Ft. Sherman Band

By Robert Singletary For twenty years, 1878 to 1898, the military band at Fort Coeur d’Alene/Sherman provided much of the musical entertainment for the village of Coeur d’Alene. After the closure…

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The First Sawmill

Written by Robert Singletary for the Nickel’s Worth 2/12/2021 The first sawmill to operate in northern Idaho was built in 1878 by the U.S. Army on land near the Spokane…

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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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