News from the Inland Empire

Who Settled Coeur d'Alene first?

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Who Was the First Owner of Coeur d'Alene and Hayden Lake?

The Beginning

In early times the land around Lake Coeur d'Alene was inhabited by the Indians. 

In 1864 President Lincoln signed into law the Northern Pacific Land Grant. 

It gave free...

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Rockwood Terrace Addition

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Rockwood Terrace Addition

Jay Graves had bought the first 40 acres from Brock Adams for the Rockwood Addition.  

Will Wagnon starts buying  the adjoining 24 acres on January 10, 1910.  They are to the east and will become a new plat...

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Dramatic New House for Bob Paterson, Crescent owner

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 A new house is going up at the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and Stevens Street.

Bob Paterson, half owner of the Crescent Department Store is building a 2 story Italian Renaissance house costing $30,000.   John Dow, well known architect, is drawing...

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Kalez Park

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Marvin Kalez opened the Rockaway Café at 710 E Sprague in 1889 in Spokane's downtown, right after the Great Fire. 

In 1894 Marvin Kalez bought 640 acres on the east side of Liberty Lake from the NPRR railroad.  The railroad...

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Charlies Barber Shop

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The finest shave

in town

Steam towels

Mustache Trimming

Haircuts

Scalp Massage

134 S Howard 

(across from the Poodle Dog Cafe)

 

 

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The Mill Is On Fire !!

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Sparks were flying everywhere the night of May 24th, 1892.  On a lovely spring night, the Spokane Mill was on fire and burning to the ground.

Just three years earlier the entire downtown had burnt down.  The 30 blocks in...

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The Amazing Disappearance of Sarah Smith

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 Sarah Smith has not been heard from for two years.  She is the very rich 73-year-old largest stockholder in the Hecla Mine.   When her husband died in 2016, James left her a lot of Hecla stock.  He was a successful...

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