Around the Area at Blog Cabin 2015

Other than being a dreamy destination and the home to Blog Cabin 2015, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a town full of rich history and loads of lively recreation.

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Coeur d'Alene, pronounced "Core-da-lane", was a name given to the city by French Canadian fur traders meaning "heart of the awl"(or sharp hearted). The name was given in reference to the Native American tribes' tough trading practices. All photos are courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Convention and Visitor Bureau

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Coeur d'Alene is located 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington, and 180 miles west of Missoula, Montana. The Canadian border is 90 miles to the north.

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In 1878, Fort Sherman was established to keep peace between Native Americans and settlers and soon thereafter the city began to grow. Coeur d'Alene was incorporated in 1887 and continued to flourish as a town with a rich background in lake steamers, fur trading, logging and mining.

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Coeur d'Alene's great steamship history began in 1880, when the 85-foot sternwheeler Amelia Wheaton was built for Fort Sherman and government use. When more modern methods of transportation arrived, some of the steamers were set afire and sunk during Fourth of July celebrations. Today, several of those early day boats can still be found on the bottom of the lake in the "steamship graveyard".

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Finished in 1853, the oldest standing building in Idaho, the Cataldo Mission, is 25 miles east of Coeur d'Alene.

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Named by National Geographic as "One of the World's 10 Most Beautiful Lakes", Coeur d'Alene lake is 25 miles long, with 135 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 120 feet.

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During the first week of August Coeur d'Alene hosts a three-day celebration of the Arts on the North Idaho College campus called Art on the Green, complete with hundreds of booths, children's hands-on art projects, famous ears of corn, and art collections by local artists.

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At the same time as the Art on the Green festival, Taste of the Coeur d'Alene's in the lakeside city park offers food vendors and crafts, along with a seven-block Downtown Street Fair in Coeur d'Alene.

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On Father's Day weekend in June, the Car d'Lane Classic Car show is a kick-off to summer. Area restaurants and vendors have concessions available along the route.

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Every June Coeur d'Alene hosts the Ford Ironman Triathlon, with 2,500 competitors from around the world plunging into the lake to begin their arduous day of racing.

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The Ford Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run all in succession. Athletes begin their day at 7:00 a.m. with a swim on Lake Coeur d'Alene and have until midnight to complete what is considered one of the toughest endurance events in the world of sports.

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Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the Coeur d'Alene Resort turns up the bright lights with a Holiday Light show. Throughout the holiday season you can experience America's largest floating holiday light show and laser extravaganza.

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Cruise boat tours on Lake Coeur d'Alene are available every winter to view the animated light displays and holiday scenes along the Coeur d'Alene Resort shoreline.

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There are three ski resorts close to Coeur d'Alene: Silver Mountain in Kellogg which boasts the world's longest, single-staged gondola, Lookout Pass in Mullan and Schweitzer Basin in Sandpoint.

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Coeur d'Alene is located 2,157 feet above sea level with summer high temperatures ranging between the 70s and 80s and wintertime highs in the 30s and 40s.

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Coeur d'Alene resort has the world's largest floating boardwalk at three-fourths of a mile long.

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The old section of interstate 90 runs along the shoreline, and now parallels a wonderful 60-mile biking and walking path called the Centennial Trail.

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Every Fourth of July Coeur d'Alene hosts an afternoon parade, concerts in the park, and other activities.

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The grand finale to a fun filled Fourth of July in Coeur d'Alene is a spectacular fireworks display over the lake, viewable from downtown.

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Visitors and locals enjoy the friendly atmosphere of City Beach and the numerous water activities, which include water skiing, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, boat cruises and seaplane rides.

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Lake Coeur d'Alene is a natural lake fed by two rivers, the Coeur d'Alene River and the St. Joe River. The single outlet is the Spokane River, which flows to the west to join the Columbia River all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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In the early 1900s, a major timber boom caused the population to increase 16-fold in a period of 10 years. The Northwest part of the lake is known for its logging history, where thousands of logs were stored on their way to the sawmills on the lakeshore.

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There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d'Alene. All of the surrounding lakes including Coeur d'Alene lake were left by the glaciers of the ice age.

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The U.S. Forest Service nursery in Coeur d'Alene grows nearly 20 million evergreen tree seedlings each year to replace mature trees harvested from national forests and state-owned lands.

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Coeur d'Alene has the second largest Metropolitan area in the state of Idaho.

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The Wooden Boat Festival, held every August, features a grand assortment of wooden boats along the boardwalk near the Coeur d'Alene Resort with food and local brews.

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Lake Coeur d'Alene is a winter migratory stop for the bald eagle. Beneath the water, the lake is filled with fish including kokanee salmon, large and smallmouth bass and a variety of trout.

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Just a quick 15-minute drive north of the city lies Silverwood, the Northwest's largest theme park, with more than 50 rides and attractions including three roller coasters, Thunder Canyon river raft ride, Boulder Beach Water Park, and a steam locomotive that travels the perimeter of the park.