St. Maries in Benewah County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
St. Maries - Steaming with History
During the 1880s, Monroe Dagger claimed squatters rights on property that was later destined to become St. Maries. It was then determined to actually belong to the Union Pacific Railroad - from whom Joseph Fisher purchased it before platting it in 1889.
During the early 1900s, the primary method of travel to St. Maries was by water. St. Maries attracted numerous tourists and steamboat travelers from Coeur d'Alene (photo, top center-left). There were many daily scheduled round-trips between the two communities until the construction of better road during the 1920s.
The Milwaukee, St. Paul, Puget Sound Railroad (Milwaukee Road) operated through St. Maries from 1909 to 1980. This photo (photo, top center-right) shows at the first train through the town on May 14, 1909.
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St. Maries has alway been a logging town and is proud of the fact. As early as 1892, seven million board feet of logs were driven down the St. Joe and St. Maries rivers and floated past the city to be processed at Idaho mills. Brails are still used as a method to move logs to distant mills.
Erected by Museum of Northern Idaho.
Location. 47° 18.98′ N, 116° 33.93′ W. Marker is in St. Maries, Idaho, in Benewah County. Marker is on Main Avenue near North Sixth Street (State Highway 5), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 538 Main Avenue, Saint Maries ID 83861, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hughes House Historical Museum (here, next to this marker); Timber Made This Town (here, next to this marker); The 1910 Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The St. Marie's "Occupation" of 1918 Willamette Steam Donkey Engine (approx. one mile away); Splash Dam at Hobo Creek (approx. one mile away); Mullan Trail Road (approx. one mile away); John Mullan (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Maries.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.