Coeur d’Alene, also known as the lake city is the largest city of Kootenai County of the State of Idaho County in The United States. It is referred as the lake city because it is situated on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, which is a staggering 25 miles in length. The city is also often abbreviated with the initials CDA. The city is also a satellite city of Spokane, which is located 30 miles to the west, in the state of Washington. The city of CDA has grown significantly over the years due to its major increase in tourism, which are primarily encouraged by the resorts in the area. In 2007, a popular American Broadcasted the city’s Christmas lighting as it was one of the biggest in The United States of America.


The lake city is named after the people of Coeur d’Alene, a federally recognized tribe of Native American people that used to live along the rivers and lakes of the region, in a territory of 5500 square miles, extending to present day Washington and Montana. They were later invaded by French fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th centuries who then renamed it as Coeur d’Alene, which translates to ‘Heart of an Awl’ reflecting their experience of tribal traders as tough businessmen. The area was extensively explored by David Thompson of The North West Company in 1807. Later, miners and settlers came to the region after silver deposits were found. It became the second-largest silver mining district in the country, generating both great wealth and extensive environmental contamination and damages.

Economy and Education:

The city is the healthcare, educational, media, manufacturing, retail and recreation center for northern Idaho. Several mining firms are headquartered in the city. Since they have a huge resort and tourism industry, they have a great amount of people employed in the industry. Their education system comprises of 2 high schools and 3 middle schools, and several elementary and various specialty schools which houses around 10,300 students altogether. The district has a staff of 550 teachers, 47 administrators and 552 support personnel to provide education for the Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Dalton communities. The district also has a Charter School, The Coeur d’Alene Charter school. The closest major airport serving Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho is the Spokane International Airport, which is served by five airlines and is 40 miles (64 km) to the west in Spokane, Washington.

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