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North Idaho City Spotlight: Rathdrum


Rathdrum is one of the original towns in North Idaho and was first known as Westwood, named after one of the founders of the town Charles Wesley Wood. Wood was a rancher, land developer and pony express rider who settled in the area in the early 1800’s. In 1881 the name had to be changed due to another town in the area already using the name Westwood. Michael Cowley, a local businessman, suggested “Rathdrum” after a village in his native Ireland. Rathdrum was the county seat from 1881-1908 when Coeur d’Alene took over the title. In the late 1860’s the Northern Pacific Railway arrived and the town has grown ever since. Rathdrum is rich with history and is home to the oldest brick church in Idaho, Saint Stanislaus Church. To learn more about the history of the town check out the Rathdrum Historical Society!

Rathdrum Today

In 2019 the population was 9,150, up from 6,826 in 2010. It not hard to see why people are choosing to make Rathdrum home! It is the perfect spot for those looking for a small town feel, but want to be close to all the amenities that CDA and Spokane have to offer. There are a variety of different restaurants and shops in town and even a movie theater. The Lakeland School District is one of the top rated in Idaho, which makes Rathdrum perfect for young families.

Things to do in Rathdrum

Rathdrum is know locally for its fun community events. The largest of these is Rathdrum Days, which is the third weekend in July. The annual celebration includes a car show, parade, live music, kids activities and tons of venders. There are other events throughout the year such as a fishing day in City Park in June and December D’lights in December. The parks hold outdoor music throughout the summer months. Rathdrum is a outdoor enthusiasts dream with everything from boating, hiking, fishing and golf courses. Rathdrum Mountain Story Walk Trail is a half mile loop trail that is lined with storybook pages to read along the way. The shady trail crosses a small creek and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Watch out Squatches!

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