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Spokane, Our Early History
The Coeur d'Alenes Gold Rush
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During the winter of 1883-84, following an announcement of a gold discovery, thousands of hopeful fortune seekers rush into the North Idaho wilderness. They fanned out along Prichard and Beaver creeks and the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, staking claims, developing mines, and building towns. This marked the start of the great Coeur d'Alene Mining District, one of the richest silver producers in the world. It has been said, "They came for the gold; but they stayed for the silver." READ MORE
During the 1883 Coeur d'Alenes gold rush, prospectors fanned out and searched the entire area for gold. One of them, Civil War veteran Col. W. W. Wallace, founded Wallace on May 1, 1884, the first town in what became the world-renowned Coeur d'Alene Mining District (now known as the Silver Valley). It was a typical rough and tumble mining town that is now on the Register of Historic Places. The author, Tony Bamonte, experienced some fascinating and unusual ties to this town during his 26 years in law enforcement in northeastern Washington. READ MORE
Recent Best Sellers
by Tony and Suzanne Bamonte
When this book was released just prior to the completion of the hotel's grand restoration project in 2001, it became an instant all-time best seller in Spokane. Having been out of print for several years, due to an ongoing demand, it was reprinted in November 2014. This book chronicles the history of the hotel, as well at its namesake, Louis M. Davenport, and his earlier enterprises in Spokane. READ MORE