Bonners Ferry Idaho


In 1863, prospectors from all over the west streamed into the north section of the Idaho Territory over what would eventually be known as the Wildhorse Trail.   A Washington merchant by the name of Edwin Bonner established a ferry where this trail would cross over the Kootenai River and this would forever remain the name of this crossing.

Welcome to Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Bonners Ferry has a population of 2, 543 people.  It is the northern most city in the State of Idaho and serves as the county seat for Boundary County Idaho.  The town was formally established in 1893 on the banks of the Kootenai River around which was scattered ranches, homesteads and mines.  The original city was built on stilts to avoid the spring time flooding but as it passed into the 20th Century, brick buildings, most of which remain today, were built to replace the buildings on stilts.  The river valley was drained and diked so that farms could be created.    This area was known as the “Nile of the North”.  The Bonners Ferry Lumber Company grew during this time to be one of the world’s largest lumber companies.

Some of the attractions in the Bonners Ferry area include the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Elk Mountain Farms, the Kootenai Tribal Sturgeon Hatchery and the Boulder City Ghost Town.   (Elk Mountain Farms has two locations in Bonners Ferry where they grown hops for their parent company, Anheuser-Busch).  There are a plethora of scenic roads and trials to discover, four waterfalls within a stones throw and even an outstanding 9 hole golf course.

Author’s note:   I have played this course many times and it is outstanding.

Do yourself a huge favor if you are even in the area of North Idaho and pay a visit to the City of Bonners Ferry. You won’t regret it!

This is the fourth in my series on small towns. These are the first three small towns that have been featured here.
Bayview, Idaho
Clark Fork, Idaho
Spirit Lake, Idaho


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