Bonner County, Idaho
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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.
Thelma C. Pratt, Elihus Otis Clagg, Clarence J. Reed, Stella Veltri,
James Dougherty, Fred Percy Lombard, Annie Hustead, Gladys Pratt,
Josephine Koffell, John Crabb, Otto Stockman and Rollie "Butch" Lee.
News: Mining: Article regarding E. H. Hammond.
News: Community: Article regarding A. C. White Lumber Company.
News: Marriage Licenses: Kenneth L. Reed and Grace Smith.