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Canadian explorer David Thompson noted a point of sand in his diary in 1809 which he believed to be near where the city of Sandpoint is today.
Settlement began in Sandpoint in the 1880s, but it was the panhandle's timber wealth that brought the …
As you look down at the Pend Oreille (Pond O'Ray) River and Albeni Falls Dam (Albany) you may be looking for the falls. In 1887 a 26 year-old French Canadian farmer living in Blanchard, Idaho, also wondered where the falls were. Ho…
Harnessing the Flow
During the year, the Corps of Engineers regulates the flow of wter through the dam.
Water is released from Lake Pend Oreille to maintain seasonal lake elevations and to adjust for rain and snowmelt.
Water at Work
Force of energy unleashed was hundreds of times the explosive energy of Mt. Saint Helens
Flood events occurred more than a dozen times before the last torrential cataclysm of 12-15,000 years ago
Glacial Lake Missoula and the Channeled Scabla…
Glaciers advanced and retreated a dozen times or moreDamming Glacial Lake Missoula Bursting with gargantuan force Flooding areas 400 miles away Shaping today's landscape in Idaho, Washington and Oregon
Glacial ice above lake level. Tall as a 20…
When the last of the continental ice sheets blocked this valley, a great lake extended over 200 miles into Montana.
Ice about as high as the mountain ridges held back water as deep as 800 to 1000 feet at Missoula, ten to twenty thousand years a…
HenriettaTugboat for Hope Lumber
Original Thornton SchoolSpring Creek ca 1909
1894 Flood Changed LandscapeDestroyed buildings along the tracksFloodwaters at level of present highway
Hope Lumber Company, East HopeFueled the economy of a ne…
At Mamaloose Point, two milesSouth, Kullyspell house,first trading post in Idaho,was built September, 1809 byDavid Thompson andFinnan Macdonald
Idaho's fur trade began in the fall of 1809 when David Thompson built a trading post 2.5 miles southwest of here.
Kullyspell House (Thompson spelled "Kalispell" that way) was the earliest fur trade post in the American Pacific Northwest. A geog…