Harrison, Idaho, suffered a devastating fire in July of 1917. Before the fire, Harrison was a typical frontier lumber town with dirt streets, wooden sidewalks, and western-style false front buildings packed closely together. Wood everywhere, combined with sparks from steam engines, created the perfect condition for fires, which occurred frequently. The one on the morning of July 21st proved to change the face of the town forever.

100 Year Fire of 2017, Harrison, Idaho

Harrison Fire of 1917. Photo courtesy Museum of North Idaho.

A Spokane Chronicle article of July 21, 1917 said:

Harrison is credited with a population of 1000 people in the last Polk directory. There were Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist churches, a bank, hotel, hospital, three sawmills, one shingle mill, electric light plant, water works and weekly newspaper.

Among the business firms listed are:

  • John Atler, shoemaker
  • Alex Beaver, proprietor Harrison hotel
  • Wayne S. Bridgeman, hardware
  • Arthur W. Burleigh, grocer
  • A.B. Cathcart, harness shop
  • Chinn Brothers, grocers
  • Coeur d’Alene & St. Joe Transportation company, J.W. Kooney, agent
  • Mrs. Alice F. Cope, confectioner
  • Corskie Brothers, druggists
  • William F. Davis, barber
  • Fred W. Dodier, physician
  • Duluth Lumber company, David E. Lakin, manager
  • Export Lumber company, E.E. Goodwin, superintendent
  • Dr. John M. Finney
  • First bank, A.A. Crane, president
  • W.H. Hagar, cashier
  • James M. Finch, barber
  • Dr. Fred A. Ford, dentist
  • Walter C and Lucius U. Fuller, billiard parlor, tobacco and sporting goods
  • G.F. Gilbert & Co., feed
  • Grant Lumber company, W.E. Grant, president, R.H. Grant, secretary
  • Winston B. Hagar, insurance
  • E.P. Harris, barber
  • Harrison Box company, Judson W. Cook, manager
  • Harrison Commercial club, Daniel Shanahan, president, J.W. Cooney, secretary
  • Harrison Drug company, W.M. Davis, manager
  • Harrison hospital, Fred W. Didier, superintendent
  • Harrison hotel, Alex Beaver, proprietor
  • Harrison laundry, Chris Sandven, proprietor
  • Harrison Mercantile company, D.E. Brown, manager
  • Harrison Searchlight, Samuel M. Logan, publisher
  • Harrison Shingle company, James M. Brown, manager
  • Harrison water works
  • Interstate Utilities company, Charles Ingram, manager
  • R.S. Jensen, furniture
  • A.I. Joliff, jeweler
  • Edwin R. Jones, general contractor and boatbuilder
  • James Jones, restaurant
  • Marian A. Kiger, lawyer
  • James W. Kooney, agent Northern Pacific railway and Great Northern Pacific express
  • Mrs. Bertha Lamb, confectionery
  • Jonathon Lamb, blacksmith
  • Marler & Brass meats
  • Lawrence B. Moyer, agent, O.-W. R. & N. Co. and Western Union
  • Nitkey Brothers, billiards
  • Walter Paulsen, grocer
  • John Petro, confectionery
  • Princess theater, Fred D. McCain, Manager
  • Jesse W. Ramage, restaurant
  • Red Collar S. S. Line, Joseph W. Kooney, agent
  • E.C. Ribstein, hardware
  • M.W. Frost, U.S. commissioner
  • Russell & Pugh Lumber company, W.B. Russell, president, J.J. Pugh, secretary, sawmill and electric light plant
  • Daniel Shanahan, tailor
  • Essler W. Wheeler, undertaker
  • Wilson & Amacher (William A. Wilson, Fritz Amacher), meats
  • Dr. William Youngberg, dentist




If you have not seen these Inland Northwest blues greats: “Super” David Nordstrom, Michael “the Monster “Hays, Bobby Patterson, and Robb Boatsman, get down to Plummer when they collaborate to heat up the house Jan. 14, 9 pm for a free concert at Bobbi’s “Rocking Reservation Blue Bar” on Hwy 5 in Plummer, Idaho.

Inland Northwest blues greats, “Super” David Nordstrom, Michael “the Monster “Hays, Bobby Patterson, and Robb Boatsman


Street Music on Friday

Cedar Street Stage between The Metals Bar and Dayrock

7:00 – 8:30 pm Ayron Jones and The Way
9:00 – 11: pm Sammy Eubanks

Beer Garden

7:00 – 9:00 pm  John Kelly
9:00 – 11:00 pm  Doghouse Boyz

Saturday on the Main Stage

Noon – 1:20 pm  Ayron Jones and The Way
2:00 – 3:20 pm Bottleneck Blues Band
4:00 – 5:20 pm  Harlis Sweetwater Band
6:00 – 7:30 pm  Samantha Fish
8:00 – 9:30 pm  Curtis Salgado
10:00 – midnight  Sammy Eubanks & The All Star Jam

Street Music on Saturday

The Gazebo Stage at Sixth and Cedar

Dr. Phil and the Enablers
11:00 am – Noon
1:20 – 2:00 pm
3:20 – 4:00 pm

Sara Brown Band
5:20 –  6:00 pm
7:30 – 8:00 pm
9:30 – 10:00 pm

Beer Garden

Noon – 1:30 pm  Sara Brown Band
1:30 – 3:00 pm  John Kelly
3:00 – 4:30 pm  Sara Brown Band
4:30 – 6:00 pm  Doghouse Boyz
6:00 – 7:30 pm  John Kelly
7:30 – 9:00 pm  Doghouse Boyz
9:00 – 10:30 pm  John Kelly

See Musician Bios on the Wallace Blues page


TicketsWest  $40 (plus 6% Idaho sales tax)

Local Outlets  $40 (6% Idaho sales tax included)

Wallace Inn (800)643-2386
1313 Club (208)752-9391
Harvest Foods (208)752-1233

Coeur d’Alene
Long Ear Music
2405 North 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene ID

4000 Holes
1610 N.Monroe St, Spokane, WA
(509) 325-1914

At the Door
$40 (6% Idaho sales tax included)
Children 12 and under will be $10 at the door only!
Shoshone County residents with photo identification only pay $20 at the door!

The Snake Pit, a.k.a. Enaville Resort, is hopping with good food and live music this summer. If you haven’t been to this historic bar on the North Fork of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River, you owe yourself the experience.

Grab some friends and head out after work on Fridays for dinner amidst the unique decorations. (See menu online) and catch live musical entertainment from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Here is the upcoming music lineup:

Pamela Van Kirk at the Snake Pit

Pamela Van Kirk is sometimes joined by friend Mo at the Snake Pit.


Living Well
Fri, June 17

Pamela Van Kirk
Fri, June 24

Moses Willey
Fri, July 8



The Snake Pit was established in 1880, when Enaville was your typical vice infested frontier town, replete with drinkers, gamblers, and ladies of the night. The city of Enaville mushroomed when the Idaho Northern Railroad built a line along the river between Enaville and Murray in 1908. Soon, labor camps with 2,000 workers were strung out along the river and they went to Enaville to unwind. The Snake Pit had food and drink downstairs and a stable of sporting women on the second floor.

The Snake Pit aka Enaville Resort

The Snake Pit aka Enaville Resort has been a popular destination since 1880.

Through the years, it’s been known as the Snake Pit, Josie’s, and Clark Hotel. Their signature Rocky Mountain Oysters have been on the menu since the 1950s. At one point, “Mitzi the wonder dog ” was a fixture there and even had her own table.

The bar was knee deep with rugged loggers and miners in the 70s when Joe and Rosemary Peak bought the place. The Peaks were strong early supporters of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, with its Enaville trailhead a short distance from the restaurant, so lots of cyclists drop in for a break these days. The Peaks closed the restaurant in 2012, due to ill health. After that, Kim and Joanne Gittel purchased the business and gave it a thorough cleaning.

Inland Northwest restaurateur, Tom Richards, bought the Snake Pit from the Gittels last year and has been breathing new life into the place. After just a year, this popular spot off the beaten path in north Idaho has already accrued 3,400 likes on Facebook!

Find the Snake Pit at 1480 Coeur d’Alene River Road, Enaville. If you have any questions, give them a call. 208-682-3453.

If you’ve been waiting for the 2016 Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Unofficial Guidebook to be available on Amazonyou can get it now.

Trail of the coeur d'alenes guidebook


Bands, Brews n’ BBQ 2016 will feature homegrown musicians Bill Fletcher and Four on the Floor, and Robb Boatsman and Rampage

There will be microbrew tasting, a cook off contest, and two bands at this year’s Bands, Brews n’ BBQ event. Robb Boatsman and Rampage will play rock and blues, and Four on the Floor entertains with danceable classic rock.

N. Idaho Pro-Am Brew Off features: McDuff’s, Slate Creek, Daft Badger, Post Falls Brewing Co., Down Draft, and Paradise Creek.

There will be contests for the Best: BBQ Pulled Pork, Baked Bean, Idaho Potato Salad, Fry Bread, and Apple Pie.

These events are sponsored by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and Pathways CDC in conjunction with the annual Plummer Day celebration.

Also this year, Race to the Rez, Show n’ Shine Car Show. Free entry. All cars welcome. Site is two blocks east of Hwy. 95 on Hwy 5 (turn east at the light). Sign up is between noon and 1:30. Come at 10 am to display your car in the parade. Prizes will be announced from the BBB stage at 6:30 pm.

All the action is downtown Plummer between the Gateway Cafe on Hwy 95 and the Community Center, which is east on Hwy. 5.

Tickets online at Eventbrite, $15 Adults / $5 kids/ under 6 free. For more information on how to participate in any of the events, please call Lakeside Chamber President Tom Nuss at 208.446.4516.



carli-osika-175Carli Osika will be a regular act through the summer on Sunday afternoons at the Lakeside Bar & Grill at the Gateway on south Lake Coeur d’Alene, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. There will be a substitute act on a few of the Sundays that she can’t make it, unannounced as yet. You can stay up to date on the Lakeside Facebook.

Jordan Page returns to Always Grounded Espresso, 402 N. Tenth Street in St. Maries, May 13 at 6 pm. Jordan’s music is a cross between 1776 and  protest music of the 60s, when people were questioning the status quo and trying to throw off shackles. He performs lots of original music — here is a sample — and he does cover requests. Last time in St. Maries he did awesome renditions of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War, and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.


Acuff & Sherfey will be at the Grapple Haus on 10th in St. Maries on May 20 at 7 pm in conjunction with the USA World Championship Marathon Jet Boat Races, after the Show ‘n Shine.

Then, Acuff & Sherfey with The Lone Rangers will be at the Lakeside Bar & Grill at the Gateway Marina in Harrison, Idaho, May 21, 7 to 10 pm.

Colby Acuff and the Saddle Tramps play at the Lakeside Bar & Grill after the races on the Coeur d’Alene River, May 24, 5 to 9 pm.

Racing on the St. Joe River between St. Maries and Calder, May 21 and 22. Racing on the Coeur d’Alene River from Harrison, May 24 and 25. Racing starts 10 am on both rivers.River access on the Coeur d’Alene River will be restricted on May 24 and 25. Twenty-six teams from the US, Canada and New Zealand have registered so far. Spectators watch for free along the river banks, but need to stay 50 feet from the banks. There is a lot of time between races, which are scheduled 2 hours apart. So bring the cooler and chairs and plan to spend the day hanging out.


See the Full Schedule

Shadow Empire: The Rise and Fall of Religious Freedom, a four part educational series sponsored by the St. Maries Adventist Church, 310 S. 9th St. The program traces how the emperor Constantine combined church and state. The series starts April 28 at 7 pm with “The Rise of the Early Church.” Subsequent sessions are: “The Persecution of the Church,” April 29 at 7 pm; “A Marriage of Church and State,” April 30, 11 am; “Constantine’s Christianity,” April 30, 3 pm.


St. Joe Cycle Club’s Muddy Butt Tag Team Race May 1, and Chuck Compton Memorial Race, May 15 at Xmas Hills, southeast of St. Maries, Idaho. Registration for both begins 7:30 am. Children’s meeting for Muddy Butt is 8:30 am with race start at 9 am. Big bike riders meet after the children’s awards race at 11:30 am. St. Joe Cycle Club events are open to the public and free for spectators. Information and forms are at St Joe Cycle Club. Funds are used to maintain the Xmas Hills area, which is open year round for public use.

African Children’s Choir comes to the Harrison Community Baptist Church, May 4, at 6:30 pm. 100 E. Pine, on the corner of Hwy. 97. Free admission; love offering.


The Kelly Hughes Band returns to Harrison, Idaho for the Boot Scootin’ Boogie fundraiser May 14 at the historic Harrison Gym. The annual event includes dinner, silent auction, live auction, and musical performace with dancing. Cocktails and silent auction start at 3:30; Dinner 6 pm; live auction is 7 to 8 pm; live music 8 to 10 pm. Tickets to the Boogie (also known as “The Barn Dance”) are on sale at downtown businesses or call Suzanne at Lakeview Lodge: 208-689-9789. $35 per person, or $60 for two. (Must be 21 or older). Proceeds support the 4th of July Fireworks Show, Summer Music in the Park, and flowers at the park in Harrison.

kelly hughes

USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Marathon JET BOAT RACES, Show-n-Shine in St. Maries, May 20. Racing on the St. Joe River between St. Maries and Calder, May 21 and 22. Racing on the Coeur d’Alene River from Harrison, May 24 and 25. Racing starts 10 am on both rivers.River access on the Coeur d’Alene River will be restricted on May 24 and 25.. 26 teams from the US, Canada and New Zealand have registered so far. Spectators watch for free along the river banks. Volunteers are needed for the safety boats and to monitor river access points. Call 208-596-1103 to volunteer.



Kindred Spirits Against Diabetes are organizing Walk for A Cure on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, April 30, 1 p.m. Meet at Enaville Trailhead by the Snakepit. Water and snacks are provided. There are gift bags for early registration, while supplies last. Contact 509-995-6541 or KSADidaho@gmail.com. $10 per person: children five and younger walk free. Sociable Dogs on a leash are welcome to join in. All proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Enaville Trailhead, trail of cda




Plummer Trailhead, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

Plummer Trailhead, Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Are you wanting to do something a little different for this year’s Easter egg hunting activity? Get some exercise while looking for hidden eggs on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

The 3rd Annual Hop To It Fun Run/Walk is Saturday, March 26th, on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes out of Plummer, Idaho, starting at 11 a.m. This is not a timed event and there is a choice of a one mile or 3.5 mile distance.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to participate!

Start on the far side of the Wellness Center Parking lot and follow the street to the trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s parking lot, then go through the tunnel to get on the trail. Mile markers will be posted. Transportation is available for those who make it to the rock pit but are not able to make it back to the Wellness Center (tired kids, etc.).

After the Fun Run/Walk, there will be a free lunch at the Wellness Center, and presentation about blood sugar levels.

Sign in and late registration begins at 10 a.m. inside the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Wellness Center. Questions? Call Community Health at 208-686-1767.


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