Bayview Idaho is a small town situated at the very east end of Highway 54 in the Idaho Panhandle. It is a marina town with a population of approximately 300 people and sits on the very south tip of Lake Pend Oreille. It is also the home of Farragut State Park which was once the Farragut Naval Training Center and the Lake Pend Oreille Acoustic Research Detachment of the United States Navy.
On the way into Bayview, I passed through what is now Farragut State Park and found what is one of the very few remaining vestiges of what was the Naval Training Center; Pumphouse No. 7.
I wasn’t sure how well I was going to do on this trip out with the camera. The weather was hit and miss. I was, however, greeted by this view as I entered the town limits from on top of the hill.
Maybe this wasn’t going to be such a bad day after all.
There are several things about small towns that appeal to me and Bayview has all of them since it is actually incredibly small. The main street of the town has “everything” on it and on a Sunday afternoon, there is no one about.
And when you do find someone out and about in this small town, it’s great to know that it is a kid who has the entire street to himself AND isn’t afraid to play in it.
The absolute mark of the small town is the small town grocery store; or in the case of Bayview, the Mercantile. Where else do you see a store that is no bigger than most houses, owned by the people who live above the store, call it a Mercantile and still fly the National Flag from their building.
Let me answer that for you. Only in a small town.
This is the first part of a series that I am doing on Small Town America. Feel free to jump in with your thoughts, experiences, memories or suggestions.