Where did that odd name Sagle come from? Well, it’s been told, when the village first got a Post Office, the postmaster submitted the name Eagle, Idaho, to the Postal Department. Eagle was already taken, so he merely replaced the "E" with an "S" and Sagle was born!
Sagle is located just South of the famous Pend Oreille Lake (pronounced pond dor’ ray) and just five miles South of Sandpoint, Sagle is the gateway to the communities of Bottle Bay and Garfield Bay. Sagle provides numerous outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and water sports. There are numerous trails and access to some great beaches, campgrounds, and boating ramps and breathtaking views everywhere.
Sagle is a small community, with timber and tourism being the primary economic base. With its tree-lined roads and beautiful scenery Sagle has become one of the areas prime locations to reside.
There are no shopping stores to speak of, you need to go across the bridge into Sandpoint, but it’s a community of its own with its own heartbeat.
When gold was discovered in British Columbia in 1863, thousands of prospectors from all over the West surged northward over a route that became known as the Wildhorse Trail. Edwin Bonner, a merchant from the State of Washington established a ferry in 1864 where the trail crossed the expansive Kootenai (Koot knee) River. In 1875, Richard Fry, and his Indian wife, Justine Su-steel Fry, leased the business, but the location retained the name of the original founder and later became the town of Bonners Ferry.
Before the gold rush, few visitors had come to the region; one of the first was explorer David Thompson (April 1770 – 10 February 1857) a British-Canadian fur trader, map maker and surveyor was known to some native peoples as Koo-Koo-Sint or "the Stargazer." Over Thompson's career, he traveled some 90,000 kilometers (56,000 mi) across North America, mapping 4.9 million square kilometers (1.9 million square miles) of North America along the way. Thompson has been described as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived." –(Wikipedia)
Thompson and four fellow fur- traders arrived in 1808 to trade with the Lower Kootenais. Exhausted and famished, the local natives gave Thompson's party dried fish and moss bread. Thompson returned the next year and established a trading post on Lake Pend Oreille.
Bonners Ferry was formally established in 1893, along with the south bank of the Kootenai River. Scattered along the valley and benchland were a few ranches and homesteads. Numerous mines were developed in the nearby mountains, including the Continental Mine in the Selkirks. The lumber industry also grew rapidly. Bonners Ferry, perched on stilts to avoid the inevitable spring floods, appeared to be a boom town.
Moving into the 20th century, the town became the center of a lumbering and farming community. The valley land was drained, levees were constructed and farms were cleared on the benches. The rich Kootenai Valley became known as the "Nile of the North", while the Bonners Ferry Lumber Company grew to be one of the world's largest lumber Mills. The downtown took shape as brick buildings were constructed, replacing those on stilts. Completion of the Libby Dam in 1975 lessened the threat of serious flooding. Today, much of Main Street dates from this initial period of solid, permanent construction.
Sandpoint is the largest town in, and the county seat of Bonner. Its population was 7,365 according to the 2010 census. In 2015 it was 7984.
Sandpoint's major economic contributors are from forest products, light manufacturing, tourism, recreation and government services. As the largest service center in the two northern Idaho counties (Bonner and Boundary), as well as northwestern Montana, it has an active retail sector. It was home to the headquarters of now out of business Coldwater Creek, a national women's apparel retailer. It is currently home to Lighthouse Foods, a national salad dressing manufacturer, and aircraft, manufacturers of the most magnificent utility aircraft. Quest Aircraft. Quest Aircraft was originally designed for missionary field work. Their flagship aircraft the Kodiak was originally designed for Missionary Work.
Sandpoint lies on the shores of Idaho's largest lake, the majestic 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond or’ ray), and is surrounded by three major mountain ranges, the famous Ski resort area of Sweitzer Mountain Resort, The Bitterroot, Selkirk, and the Cabinet Mountains.
In 2011 Sandpoint was named the nation's "Most Beautiful Small Town" by USA Today and Rand McNally making it exposed as the beautiful community it is.
The area now covered by the City of Sandpoint was used by the Salish Tribes as a summer camping ground. David Thompson explored the area in 1807. The European and the Chinese settlers first came to the city in the 1880s. The area was originally served by the Northern Pacific Railroad. It was incorporated in 1898. Lumber was one of the major industries in the area. In fact, there were several lumber companies that operated in the city since 1896.
HOW TO GET HERE FROM THERE
One can avail flights from Coeur d'Alene Air Terminal, Spokane International Airport is approximately 75 miles to the South, and by Amtrack as well. Speaking of which Sandpoint is the largest funnel – the site where east-west railways in the northern states converge – in the Northwest. The confluence here of three northern-tier rail lines means that some 50 trains rumble through Sandpoint day and night, carrying cargo from Chicago, Seattle, and Canada. Great place for rail enthusiasts.
Sandpoint snowfall is an estimated 59 inches. The average US city averages 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 84. On average, there are 175 sunny days per year in Sandpoint.
The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 84. On average, there are 175 sunny days per year in Sandpoint, Idaho. The July high is around 81 degrees.
The summers are short, warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, wet, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 84°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 93°F.
Property Value in Sandpoint (according to Zillow). The median home value in Sandpoint is $240,600. Sandpoint home values have gone up 3.2% over the past year. The median list price per square foot in Sandpoint is $198, which is lower than the Sandpoint Metro average of $205. The median price of homes currently listed in Sandpoint is $389,000.
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LAKE PEND OREILLE
Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond der’ ray ) was glacially formed during the ice age. It is also believed that the eastern side of the lake was in the path of the ancient Missoula Flood. The lake sits at the south end of the Purcell Trench, carved by glaciers moving south from Canada. The eastern side of the glacier is believed to have formed the dam for the Missoula flood, at the point where the Clark Fork River enters the lake between the Cabinet and Bitterroot mountains, it ranks as one of the five deepest lakes in the United States.
The area around the lake is the traditional home of the Kalispel Indians. A Canadian fur trader in David Thompson's party is believed to have given the lake its name. The words "Pend Oreille" are French for an ear-hanging or pendant. Ear pendants were characteristic of the Kalispel tribe. The lake is shaped much like a human ear when viewed from above or on a map.
During WW11, the south end was Farragut Naval Training Station, the second largest in the world. The lake is still used by the Navy's Acoustic Research Detachment to test large-scale submarine prototypes: the unique depth gives acoustic properties similar to the open ocean.
It is the largest Lake in the State of Idaho and 38th largest in the US, with a surface area of 148 square miles. It is 43 miles (69 kilometers) long, and 1,150 feet (350 meters) deep in some regions, making it the fifth-deepest in the nation. It is surrounded by national forests and a few small towns, with the largest population on the lake at Sandpoint. Most of the shoreline is unpopulated due to remoteness.
Wildlife is abundant all around the area and t has become a popular summer recreational area for boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and water sports.
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