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Bonner County was formed on February 21, 1907 from sections of Kootenai County and is located in the Idaho Panhandle. The county was named after Edwin L. Bonner who established a ferry on the Kootenai River in 1864 near present day Bonners Ferry, Idaho. David Thompson, the first known white man to enter Bonner County, established Kullyspel House trading post near present-day Hope in 1809. The first two settlements were established in the 1860s to accommodate the miners on their way to the gold fields in British Columbia and western Montana. A steamboat was launched on the Pend Oreille River in 1866, making travel much easier. The Northern Pacific Railroad reached Bonner County in 1881, prompting the establishment of several towns. In the next twenty-five years, two more railroads crossed Bonner County, connecting the scattered communities. Steamboats continued to serve the communities and settlers on Lake Pend Oreille until the 1930s.



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Sanders County, MT (northeast)
Pend Oreille County, WA (west)
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