We drove to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho today through gorgeous snow topped mountains. The dense cloud cover was low over the mountains and it was a little drizzly. We saw signs along the way of the Lewis and Clark trail, and other historical features such as gold mining areas and an infamous mountain fire of 1910.
As we came down the mountains into Coeur d’Alene, we were driving along Lake Coeur d’Alene and could see a lot of houses along the water’s edge across the bay. We found out later that many of these houses can only be accessed by water (or sea plane). Must have been interesting just getting the building materials & labor over there to build them.
A brief history: The Native American Indians of North Idaho were known as the Schee-Chu-Umsh. French explorers & fur traders of the early 19th century discovered the natural wealth of the area & found the natives to be sharp traders. Because of their shrewd trading practices, they earned the name Coeur d’Alene, loosely translated to “heart of the awl”, a testimony to the tribe’s sharp negotiating skills.
Its rich silver and gold mining and logging brought jobs, wealth, and prosperity to the city for decades. However, once past the prolific logging and mining boom it became a lakeside playground. Steamboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene delivered ore, wood, and soldiers to the north shore of the lake. Similar boats now on the lake are used for dinner and sightseeing.
After we set up at the Elks Lodge – with it’s great RV park – our friends Mike & Connie (that we met in Indio and spent time with in Casa Grande earlier this year) came by to take us for a drive around the lake. We had our first Moose sighting (to be explained later).