Rediscovering Pend Oreille City, a Forgotten Town in Northern Idaho

Author(s): Idah M. Whisenant

Year: 2018


Pend Oreille City was a steamboat landing town and one of the earliest settlements in North Idaho. From roughly 1866 to 1880, it served as a waypoint through the Idaho panhandle for travelers during early Euroamerican settlement of the region. As with many frontier towns, Pend Oreille City faded. In recent years, local interests have driven efforts to rediscover the site and appreciate its role in Idaho territorial history. The CLG grant offered the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Idaho for recording and protecting the frontier town. A survey in 2015 tentatively established the site’s location on Idaho’s largest lake. In 2017 further testing was conducted, the results of which are summarized in this work.

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Rediscovering Pend Oreille City, a Forgotten Town in Northern Idaho. Idah M. Whisenant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441640)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1025