Sandpoint, Idaho, has been my home for more than 40 years. When my kids were young, I was fortunate in finding part-time work with the Idaho State Historical Society, recording historic sites in the northern part of the state. After completing my M.A. degree in history at the University of Idaho, I opened Flume Creek Historical Services and worked as a historian on a variety of projects in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. I’ve written numerous contracted reports, published articles, and authored two books: A Glorious Field for Sawmills: Humbird Lumber Company, 1900-1948 (2014) and Driving Past: Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho (2014).
After finishing two books, I thought I was done writing. Apparently I was wrong. As I walked or drove around our beautiful part of Idaho, I found myself remembering bits of local history. This blog gives me the chance to tell some more stories.
Although a blog is a new, more casual format for me, it’s hard to let go of my love of footnotes! I always look at these when reading the work of other historians because they allow me to see sources of information. Since real footnotes might interrupt the flow of a blog post, I will simply list the sources of my information at the end of each post. If you find yourself particularly interested in a topic, you can follow these on your own.