The North Idaho Regional office is located in Coeur d'Alene, a growing community of 38,388 that is surrounded by natural beauty and commerce. Coeur d'Alene Lake, the crowned jewel of the community, was named by early French-speaking fur traders. According to legend, the traders believed the local Indians to be sharp traders and called the lake Coeur d'Alene (which means heart of the awl) since their hearts were as sharp as an awl. In 1878 Fort Sherman was established and the city began to grow. Coeur d'Alene was incorporated in 1887 and continued to flourish as fur trading, logging, and mining businesses were established.
Coeur d'Alene served for many years as the railroad/steamboat transfer point for transportation between the mines in the Silver Valley to the east and the smelters they fed. The area continued to prosper in the early 1900s when a major timber boom caused the population to increase 16-fold in a period of ten years. The city continued to expand from a small frontier village into the political and business center of Kootenai County and became the County seat in 1908.
Today, Coeur d'Alene remains the center of business and recreational activities in the Inland Northwest complete with festivals, fairs, concerts, unique bistros, and elegant restaurants, main street and mall shopping and much more. Its strong presence is found in state government and its increased economic development over the past several years is remarkable. Coeur d'Alene continues to grow and prosper in the new millennium.
The North Idaho Regional office covers the following counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone.
It includes the following cities: Athol, Bonners Ferry, Clark Fork, Coeur d'Alene, Dalton Gardens, Dover, East Hope, Fernan Lake Village, Harrison, Hauser, Hayden, Hayden Lake, Hope, Huetter, Kellogg, Kootenai, Moyie Springs, Mullan, Oldtown, Osburn, Pinehurst, Plummer, Ponderay, Post Falls, Priest River, Rathdrum, Sandpoint, Smelterville, Spirit Lake, St. Maries, State Line, Tensed, Wallace, Wardner and Worley.
(Information courtesy Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce)