Founded in 1877, the city of Coeur d'Alene (pronounced 'core-da-lane') is the largest city in Northern Idaho. The area was originally settled by the French, who had established a trading post and named it Coeur d'Alene, literally translated as "Heart of the Awl," or "Sharp-Hearted," possibly in reference to the tough trading practices of the local Native American tribes living in the region. When gold was discovered in the area in 1883, many settlers arrived from different parts of the country and the population began to explode. Mining and logging became the main industries of the area, supported by the expansive and numerous waterways in the area that simplified the transport of goods and raw materials to and from the area.
Quality of life makes Coeur d'Alene a great place to raise a family. The city maintains a lower than average crime rate, a multitude of parks and recreation facilities within its more urban areas and a school district with an active parent association and test scores consistently above the state average in both math and writing. For higher education, Coeur d'Alene is within close proximity to Lewis & Clark State College and Gonzaga University
No matter what the season, residents of Coeur d'Alene can take advantage of the city's beautiful natural surroundings. Spring and autumn are the perfect seasons to enjoy the numerous hiking trails in and around the area either on foot or horseback, and in winter, residents need only take a short drive to arrive at some of the best north-facing ski slopes in the Pacific Northwest, including the heavenly powder at Silver Mountain ski area. Summertime activities naturally focus around the many lakes, where natives can participate in a variety of aquatic activities ranging from jet skiing and parasailing to spending quiet mornings around the lake chasing Chinook salmon.
Today, Coeur d'Alene stands as a city of contrasts. It is a modern city, complete with high-tech office buildings, an excellent education system and modern wellness and healthcare facilities, yet it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular forested landscape in all of the Northwest. Every holiday season, tourists and residents alike line the shores of the lake to see the Festival of Lights, where over a million lights and holiday displays stretch across the water, but still bake apple pies and other local specialties during the "Taste of the Coeur d'Alene Food Festival" and Downtown Fair.
The 35,000+ citizens and leaders of Coeur d'Alene have worked hard to create a modern city and world travel destination yet preserve the city's friendliness and small-town feel. With all that the area has to offer, it's no wonder that so many people are starting to call Coeur d'Alene "home."