History & Heritage Immerse yourself in our rich history DISCOVER CDA IN WINTER

We’re rich in beauty and history.

Immerse yourself in a rich historic adventure. Explore North Idaho’s History Museum right downtown, take a mining tour and pan for gold, visit Idaho’s oldest mission or even a bordello museum! 

It all started way back when…

During the early 1800s the Northwest Fur Trading Company, a British company under the leadership of David Thompson, began to establish fur trading posts in the Inland Northwest.  One of those posts, called Kullyspell House, was built on the northern shore of Lake Pend O’Reille.  During that time some the French speaking traders began to use the French words “Coeur d’Alene” as nick name for the Schitsu’umsh people, who traded at Kullyspell House.  In French “Coeur” means heart and “Alene” means awl, a sharp pointed tool used to pierce leather.  In other words, they were known as sharp traders with hearts like the point of an awl.  Within a few years the Schetsu’umsh people became known as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the large lake which was the center of their homeland became Lake Coeur d’Alene.

In 1878, General William T. Sherman established a military fort on the northern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, which he named Fort Coeur d’Alene.  While the fort was under construction, a small village began to develop on the eastern edge of the Fort Coeur d’Alene.  That was the beginning of Coeur d’Alene, the city by the Lake. The name of the fort was later changed to Fort Sherman, which is now the location of North Idaho College.  Three of the original fort buildings are still in use: the chapel, powder magazine and one of the officer’s quarters.

In 1880 the Fort’s commander hired Norwegian, Peter Sorensen, to build an 85-foot steamboat, the Amelia Wheaton, to haul supplies. Other steamboats were quickly built for commercial and pleasure purposes.  By 1910, there were more steamboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene than any other body of water west of the Mississippi River.

The city of Coeur d’Alene was incorporated in 1887 and continued to flourish. Early visitors found Coeur d’Alene Lake to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. As the railroads and steamboats provided transportation points between the Coeur d’Alene Lake, the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene Rivers, it soon became a destination for thousands of tourists. Camping, hunting, boating and fishing were popular pastimes. Lodges, hotels, campgrounds, attractions, and the transportation industry developed to accommodate the influx of visitors.

Until the early 1890s, Coeur d’Alene served as the railroad/steamboat transfer point for transportation between the mines in the Silver Valley to the east and the smelters they fed. In the early 1900s a major timber boom caused the population to increase 16-fold in a period of 10 years. The city continued to expand from a small frontier village into the political and business center of Kootenai County and became the County seat in 1908.

Today, Coeur d’Alene remains the center of business and recreational activities in the Inland Northwest. Coeur d’Alene’s strong presence is found in state government and is remarkable in its increased economic development over the past several years.

Traditions of Christmas Package

Welcome bottle of champagne, 2 adult tickets to the show, $40 credit in Mulligan's, package starting at $184. Please call for room rates. (800) 251-7829

Guided Adventures

Since 1979, ROW has specialized and pioneered adventure travel all over the world. Named annually as one of National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," ROW Adventures is based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho!

RV Resort ~ Golf & Pickleball!

The ultimate destination, the perfect place to get away from it all, the perfection you’ve been looking for all your life. Golf, vacation rentals, RV resort, pub & grill, event location and real estate.!

Holiday in Lights Cruise Package

Take a magical journey to the North Pole on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Santa Cruise includes deluxe accommodations for one night, breakfast and 2 cruise tickets, pricing starting at $129. Please call for room rates. (800) 251-7829

A Winter & Summer Getaway

Home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest, Galena Ridge Golf Course and Silver Rapids, Idaho's largest indoor waterpark. At Silver, the family fun never ends!

Looking for the ultimate getaway?

Our Dine, Spa & Stay package includes overnight accommodations, resort dining credit valid at any of our exceptional onsite restaurants & two 50-minute spa services of your choice in our world-renowned Spa.