Desert Hotel Fire

By Robert Singletary for the Nickelsworth On Sunday night, June 25, 1972, the Desert Hotel, and several offices in the building, were destroyed by fire. None of the guests or employees were injured. The fire started in the northwest corner of the basement and traveled through the air conditioning system to the rest of the building.…

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MNI Podcast to Launch on Jan. 8th with Mayor Widmyer

By SARA JANE RUGGLES/Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press| December 27, 2020 1:00 AM 2021 will be an exciting year for the Museum of North Idaho (MNI). I am very fortunate to be a part of the fun as we launch the first episode of the Museum’s podcast series on January 8th. As the host of the…

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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 enter their names in a lottery for a chance to homestead a large parcel of land. For 22 days, July 25 to Aug. 5, 1909,…

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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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Molstead Family History

| 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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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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The Steamer Seattle

Written By John V. Wood Recently I was asked if I had a steamboat story that could reflect progress on the steamboat book I am writing for the museum, and be a suitable length for a Quarterly article. One that came to mind has a connection to my wife’s family as her uncle, the late…

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