According to historians, at one time there were more steamboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene than on any other inland waterway west of the Mississippi River. Steamboats came early to North Idaho and played an important role in the survival of its settlers and the building of the mining and timber industries in particular. In the beginning of the steamboat era, these ships were responsible for transporting people and materials up the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers from Lake Coeur d’Alene and the town of Coeur d’Alene. Later, steamboats played a crucial role in developing tourism, transporting thousands of tourists to view and enjoy the great beauty of the area.
A program, “The Steamboat History of Lake Coeur d’Alene” will be presented on Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m. at North Idaho College’s Molstead Library, Todd Hall and is free and open to the public. Program presenter Robert Singletary is an
instructor, lecturer, regional historian and author of the Kootenai Chronicles. He is currently president of the Museum of North Idaho and member of the Fort Sherman Historical Society.
Portraying a steamboat captain, Singletary will bring to life again the steamboat era of Lake Coeur d’Alene and its connecting waterways using many historical pictures and his rich collection of stories. The program is sponsored by Molstead Library as a part of its historical series and co-sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho.
Other upcoming programs sponsored by Molstead Library are: “in The Shadow of Fort Sherman’ Monday, April 16th with Robert Singletary. Using historic pictures and his wealth of knowledge of the fort, Singletary will bring Fort Sherman to life again. This will also be the kick off of Fort Sherman Days. This is a month long event which will include walking tours of the old fort grounds, now North Idaho College. Other activities include an old –fashioned Fort Sherman Band Concert and Ice Cream Social: a concert by the Ft. Sherman Symphonette Orchestra. Albert Wilkerson and Mike Filer will be presenting life of the army infantry and cavalry and the role of the buffalo Soldiers in the 1890’s.
The final Molstead Library program for this school year will be “Preparing For the Living With Blindness” on Tuesday, May 1st with Patrice Wheeler who is with the North Idaho College’s Center for Educational Access. All programs are free and the public is welcome.
Due to the popularity of the Molstead Library program series, guests are asked to please phone the library during business hours at (208) 769-3355 to reserve admission tickets. Todd Hall, although very comfortable is small. Any tickets not picked up by five minutes before the programs will go to those on the standby list. The door to Todd Hall opens at 6:30 p.m.
This series is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3355