A revised edition of the Idaho-focused Railroads Through the Coeur d’Alenes has been released. The newer 2016 edition expands upon the first version of the book, originally published in 1983. Author John Wood has augmented the volume’s railroad history to include a new layout, over 400 photo images, and the history of the last Burlington Northern train to run in that region of northern Idaho. The newer book also contains photos that Wood has collected since the first edition.
The city of Coeur d’Alene, where Mr. Wood was raised, is some 33 miles east of Spokane, WA. The city itself is located in the Idaho Panhandle, an area of some 21,000 sq. miles that touches Montana to the east, Washington to the west, and British Columbia, Canada, to the north. Historically, the Coeur d’Alene people are a federally-recognized Indigenous tribe with sovereign control over a reservation that today includes a portion of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Mining in the region was once serviced by the Union Pacific (UP) railroad. A bike path, The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, now follows the UP right-of-way a distance of just over 72 miles eastward from the border of Washington to the border of Montana.
Railroads Through the Coeur d’Alenes (2016), which runs 304 pages, can be ordered thru the Museum of North Idaho via the link North Idaho RRs.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)