Monday, July 26, 2010

Crazy Daisy Tour Day 11: Coeur d'Alene, ID

We're staying in Coeur d'Alene, ID for three nights and are exploring Idaho's panhandle and its history. Today we drive the "Scenic Byway" that skirts the east shore of the lake that shares the town's name. A startled deer bounds across the road in front of us and scrambles up a rocky ledge, turning to take a last look at our car.
At Cataldo we watch an informative film in the Visitor's Centre of the Old Mission. It tells the extraordinary story of how the Jesuits built the mission in the 1850s in partnership with the Coeur d'Alene Indians. Restored in the 1970s, the mission is Idaho's oldest standing building.
Next we drive east on I90 to Kellogg and nearby Wardner, ID, looking for remnants of an old mine. At the entrance to Kellogg we stop for a closer look at this exhibit of mining rail cars and equipment(below). In a bank parking lot, we spot the Brabus smart car pictured above. We visit the "Staff House Museum" and, once again, we view an interesting DVD that gives background to mining in Silver Valley

Daily distance: 212 km Fuel cost: $0

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