Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Few Final Idaho Shots

 I thought I would post a few final photos from Idaho. We have good internet here in Ephrata and a couple of hours to spare.
It was such a thrill to see this moose mama and her baby right near our campground on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. People kept stopping to look, and some brave boaters from the park got an even closer look. I wouldn't mess with mama moose!

 We took a hike in a very nice park in Post Falls. This is the dam on the Spokane River. In pioneer days there was a big mill and a log dam here. I don't know much else about the history of the place.

 This busy and curious guy greeted us at the entrance to the Post Falls Park. Guess he's used to tourists and hikers!

 I'd seen a photo of this building in a magazine, but had no clue as to where it was. As we were driving around on the North Idaho College Campus, there it was! The site of the college is where Fort Sherman was, the original settling of the Coeur d'Alene area. The sign says, in part, "Built on this site in 1880 by the U.S. Army, the Fort Sherman Chapel is Coeur d'Alene's oldest church, school, library, and meeting hall." It is beautiful! I love the red color!

This building is even older. It is the Fort Sherman Officer's Quarters, built in 1878 to help maintain peace on the frontier. The Fort was officially abandoned in 1900. As far as I know, these two buildings are all that remain of the earliest settlement. They are both now on the National Register of Historic Places. They are surrounded on all sides by the North Idaho College complex, which is right on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, a gorgeous setting. We have surely enjoyed the beauty of North Idaho during the 3 months we've been here!

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