NIC offers presentation on the Mullan Military Road
North Idaho College will offer a presentation on Captain John Mullan and the Mullan Military Road Feb. 21. “Mullan’s Road” will cover the 624-mile military road from Fort Walla Walla on the Columbia River in Washington to Fort Benton on the Missouri River in Montana at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall.
|photo1|Robert Singletary, a regional historian and living history performer, will portray Mullan during the presentation in authentic clothing typical of the period.
The main Mullan Military Road traversed northern Idaho, entering near what is now Tensed, crossing the southern tip of Lake Coeur d’Alene, taking a northeasterly route following the Coeur d’Alene River toward what is now Cataldo and entering Montana near Mullan. Different branches of the road were added later, including a route through Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.
The road was completed in 1862 and was the first federal road constructed in the Northwest. It has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
Singletary is well known in the area for his work on local and regional history. He is a history instructor for NIC, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho and has served on the board of directors for the Museum of North Idaho as well as the Idaho State Historical Society. Singletary has also worked extensively with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration.
The presentation is part of a living history series sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library in cooperation with the Museum of North Idaho. It is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3355.For More Information
NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355
Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006