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Coeur d'Alene

Coeur dAlene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur dAlene Metropolitan Statistical Area. Coeur dAlene has the second largest metropolitan area in the state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the population of Coeur dAlene was 44,137. The city is located about 30 mi east of the larger Spokane, Washington. After the 2010 Census the two metropolitan areas were merged into a single Combined Statistical Area with a population of 679,989. Coeur dAlene is the largest city in northern Idaho Panhandle. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur dAlene, 25-mile in length. Locally, Coeur dAlene is known as the "Lake City," or simply called by its initials: "CDA". The city of Coeur dAlene has grown significantly in recent years, in part because of a substantial increase in tourism, encouraged by several resorts in the area. Barbara Walters called the city "a little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit. On November 28, 2007, Good Morning America broadcast the citys Christmas lighting ceremony because its display is among the largest in the United States. Coeur dAlene is a resort town, with the Coeur dAlene Resort taking up a prominent portion of the citys downtown. It is also located near two major ski resorts, with Silver Mountain Resort to the east in Kellogg, and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort to the north in Sandpoint. The city is named after the Coeur dAlene People, a tribe of Native Americans who live along the rivers and lakes of the region and were first encountered by French fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century. The name Cœur dAlène translated into English means Heart of an Awl, a reflection of the perception of the tribes traders as very tough businessmen.

Lewiston

Lewiston is a city in north central Idaho and the county seat of Nez Perce County. It is the second-largest city in the northern Idaho region, behind Coeur dAlene, and ninth-largest in the state. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID Clarkston, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Nez Perce County and Asotin County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lewiston was 31,894, up from 30,904 in 2000. Lewiston is located at the confluence of the Snake River and Clearwater River, thirty miles southeast of the Lower Granite Dam. Because of dams on the Snake and Columbia River, Lewiston is reachable by some ocean-going vessels. The Port of Lewiston has the distinction of being the farthest inland port east of the West Coast of the United States. The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport serves the city by air. Lewiston was founded in 1861 in the wake of a gold rush which began the previous year near Pierce, northeast of Lewiston. In 1863, Lewiston became the first capital of the newly created Idaho Territory. Its stint as seat of the new territorys government was short-lived, as a resolution to have the capital moved south to Boise was passed by the Idaho Territorial Legislature on December 7, 1864. Lewiston’s main industries are agriculture, paper and timber products, and light manufacturing. Ammunition manufacturing maintains a very important and growing presence in Lewiston, being the headquarters of ammunition makers, CCI and Speer Bullet. The city is the primary regional transportation, retail, health care, and entertainment center of the surrounding area and serves as a recreation destination for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Lewiston is home to Lewis–Clark State College, a public undergraduate college. Cultural activities in Lewiston include the Dogwood Festival, Hot August Nights, and the Lewiston Round Up.

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