11 April 2022
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History of Athol Idaho
Athol, situated in the heart of Idaho, just three miles southeast of Lake Coeur d'Alene, is a small resort community with a population of approximately 520 people.
Although Athol is a relatively small town today, it was once the largest settlement in Kootenai County.
During the late 1800's and early 1900's, many settlers came to this region from all over the United States and Canada, drawn by the area's rich natural resources.
Settlers discovered gold in the Silver Valley during the 1860's. In 1884, Athol was officially platted as a town site. The Northern Pacific Railroad built a train depot here in 1886 that helped make Athol an important shipping center for timber and agricultural products from surrounding farms and ranches.
The railroad brought tourists to Athol as well. In 1903, rail service was extended to Lake Coeur d'Alene to help stimulate more tourism in northern Idaho. Tourists rode on steamboats to reach resorts located at various places around Lake Coeur d'Alene. One of these resorts was located near Athol at a place called Terrace Pointe where tourists could enjoy fishing, boating and swimming.
Even though a post office was designated in 1878, Athol languished until the country's financial panic of 1893. Then in 1896, the North Idaho Railway, a branch of the Great Northern Railroad, came through and built a depot at the site called Athol Junction. In 1894, S.E. Snow had platted a townsite called Athol Park beside the railroad and the present townsite was platted by W.T. Clark in 1897. A mill and logging operations were started in 1898 by the Coeur d'Alene Lumber and Improvement Company which also operated a large brickyard near town from 1897 to 1904.
Other mills were built as well including one by I.C. Hutton that was renamed the Athol Lumber Company after Hutton died in 1904 and his wife sold it to James J. Hill for $250,000 plus $15,000 for her home on Lake Coeur d'Alene. It was Hill's Great Northern Lumber Company (later renamed Potlatch Forests Inc) which dominated Athol until its closure in 1950.
Landmarks in Athol Idaho
The town of Athol is nestled in a valley of the Panhandle Mountains, just south of Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Gorge. The city has a population of nearly 400 people. The city is located at the junction of US Highway 95 and State Highway 54, which is conveniently situated between the towns of Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho.
The town is named for the Scottish landowner who first settled the area in 1874. He named it after his ancestral home in Ireland. The town was later called Athol when it was incorporated as a town in 1900 and then as a city in 1953.
There are many interesting things to do in Athol Idaho. There are several parks in and around the town. They include City Park and the Athol Municipal Golf Course. These parks offer a variety of activities including walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts and basketball courts.
Athol Idaho offers some great restaurants that serve everything from seafood to steaks to Italian food and more. Some of these restaurants include Pizza Hut, El Charro Mexican Restaurant and Ponderosa Steakhouse. There are also several grocery stores where you can find everything you need for your family meals.
Silverwood Theme Park
This is one of the largest theme parks in the Northwest. It has over 70 rides, including four roller coasters, a water park with a wave pool, a lazy river and raft rides, live entertainment shows, food and shopping. Some of Silverwood Theme Park's most popular rides include Aftershock, Panic Plunge, Tremors and Thunder Canyon.
Lake Pend Oreille
The lake's name is pronounced Pond-er-ay. It's more than 43 miles long and has 111 miles of shoreline. There are many different activities to enjoy here including camping, hiking, swimming and even cross-country skiing during the winter months. The water temperature here is warmer than Lake Coeur d'Alene (which is only about 20 miles away), making it perfect for swimming during the summer or boating any time of year.