Near Plummer in Benewah County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
“Place for Racing”
Tribal members, in return for allowing the railroads to be built in their territory, were guests on trains. Many traveled in this manner back to the lake for food gathering, recreation or work. Women were notably present during ice-fishing season. During the winter some Indian farmers loaded their horses onto boxcars and traveled to the landings, where they cut cordwood for the steamboats.
-Felix Aripa, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Elder-
Erected by Idaho State Parks & Coeur D'Alene Tribe.
Location. 47° 21.893′ N, 116° 48.903′ W. Marker is near Plummer, Idaho, in Benewah County. Marker can be reached from Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, near milepost 5, at the Hnpetptqwe'n Wayside. The trail begins at the trailhead on US Highway 95, just north of Plummer, Idaho. This marker is located 5 miles east along the trail from
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heyburn State Park (approx. 2.1 miles away).
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1. History of the Trail.
Silver was discovered in the Valley around 1884 and construction of the rail line to support the growing mining and timber industries was started in 1888. Much of the trail today follows this original rail line. When the rail line was built, mine waste rock and tailings containing heavy metals were used for the original rail bed. (Submitted on November 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Coeur d'Alene Tribe History.
The name, "Coeur d'Alene" was given to the tribe in the late 18th or early 19th century by French traders and trappers. In French, it means "Heart of the Awl," referring to the sharpness of the trading skills exhibited by tribal members in their dealings with visitors. In the ancient tribal language, members call themselves, "Schitsu'umsh," meaning "The Discovered People" or "Those Who Are Found Here." (Submitted on November 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Coeur d'Alene People.
Historically the Coeur d'Alene occupied a territory of 3.5 million acres in present-day northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana. (Submitted on November 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a rail trail in the northwest United States, in northern Idaho. It follows the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, westward to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. Generally following the Coeur d'Alene River, the rail line was abandoned in 1991 and the trail officially opened in March 2004. (Submitted on November 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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