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d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County,
Idaho, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur
d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census the
population of Coeur d'Alene was 34,514 (2006 estimate: 41,328).
The city is located about 30 mi (48 km) east of Spokane,
Washington, which combined with Coeur d'Alene and northern Idaho
has population of 590,617. Coeur d'Alene is also the largest city
in the northern Idaho Panhandle.
of Coeur d'Alene from Cougar Bay.
city of Coeur d'Alene has grown significantly in recent years due
in part to a substantial increase in tourism, encouraged by
several resorts in the area. Barbara Walters called the city "a
little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most
fascinating places to visit. On November 28, 2007, Good Morning
America broadcast the city's Christmas Lighting Ceremony because
its display is among the largest in the country. Coeur d'Alene is
also located near two major ski resorts with Silver Mountain
Resort to the east in Kellogg and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort
to the north in Sandpoint. Coeur d'Alene is located on the north
shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, 25-mile (40 km) in length. Locally,
Coeur d'Alene is known as the "Lake City," or simply
called by its initials: "CDA".
Canadian fur traders allegedly named the local Indian tribe the
Coeur d'Alene out of respect for their tough trading practices.
Translated from French Coeur d'Alene literally means "heart
of the awl" which might mean "sharp-hearted" or
"shrewd." Another possibility is that it is a
corruption of Coeur de Leon, or Lion Heart. Others interpret
"Heart of the Awl" to translate to "Eye of the
Needle", perhaps referring to the narrow passage through
which the lake empties into the Spokane River on its way to the
Columbia. The area was extensively explored by David Thompson of
the Northwest Company starting in 1807. The Oregon boundary
dispute (or Oregon question) arose as a result of competing
British and American claims to the Pacific Northwest of North
America in the first half of the 19th century. The Oregon Treaty
ended disputed joint occupation of the area when Britain ceded
all rights to land south of the 49th Parallel in 1846.
General William T. Sherman ordered a fort constructed on the lake
in the 1870s, he gave it the name Fort Coeur d'Alene; hence the
name of the city that grew around it. The name of the fort was
later changed to Fort Sherman to honor the general.[citation
needed] North Idaho College, a junior college, now occupies the
the 1890s, the Coeur d'Alene district experienced two significant
miners' uprisings. In 1892, the union's discovery of a labor
spy in their midst, in the person of sometime cowboy and
Pinkerton agent Charlie Siringo, resulted in a shooting war
between miners and the company. Years later Harry Orchard, who
owned a share of the Hercules Mine in the nearby mountains before
it began producing, and who later confessed to dynamiting a
$250,000 mill belonging to the Bunker Hill Mining Company near
Wardner during another miners' uprising in 1899, would also
confess to a secret, brutal and little understood role in the
Colorado Labor Wars before returning to Idaho to assassinate
former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg.
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