Meet Our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Branch

Front row left to right: Tami Hofacker, Lynsie Odd, Autumn Cannon, Aimee Kinsey, Jessica Lupinacci, Sylvia McCormick. Back row left to right: Bob Hamilton, Jennifer Upton, Kristin Scott, Jared Janke, Kellie Egan, Jaydee Miller, Kristy Johnston, Jack Wheir. (Not pictured: Priscilla Miller)

Located in the Idaho panhandle, beautiful Coeur d’Alene sits on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene near the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. Long before French explorers and fur traders arrived in the 19th century, Coeur d’Alene was populated by the Schee-Chu-Umsh Native American tribe. Because of their shrewd trading practices and sharp negotiating skills, traders called the native peoples and the area Coeur d’Alene which loosely translates to ‘heart of the awl.’ Teeming with natural resources such as lumber, gold, and silver, Coeur d’Alene has grown from a “charming town of 16,000 in 1970 to become the center of business and recreation activities in the Inland Northwest with a population of 34,500 in 2005.”  

Within driving distance are more than 55 lakes left behind by Ice Age glaciers. This city is a beloved tourist location where the summer months offer residents and visitors golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, an indoor water park, a theme park, and public beaches for lounging or swimming. In the winter months, Coeur d’Alene touts its deeper, fresher and purer powder at five different ski areas that are all within driving distance.  

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