History of Boundary Communities

 

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Towns, Communities and Former Settlements

Communities showing zip codes are the only "towns" currently in Boundary County. If there is no zip code, the entire town is gone. We are starting to add pages about the communities, especially those areas where no town exists today. When completed you will be able to click on these underlined names and find further information, and we hope, even photos.

Addie

Vacant old school still remains; post office from 1908 to 19542

Bonners Ferry - 83805

Bonners Ferry from "History of Boundary County"

and Bonners Ferry

Cort Conley in Idaho for the Curious writes (p. 668f): The old Indian-Wild Horse Trail from Seneacquoteen came north through this area (Bonners Ferry). When gold was discovered on Wild Horse Creek, British Columbia, in 1863, thousands of prospectors, conscripted by the fever, came up the trail via Walla Walla to cross the river at this point. Not one to let an opportunity drift past, Edwin Bonner obtained an exclusive five-year franchise from the Territorial Legislature for this seven-mile stretch of river. His toll rates were $1.50 for loaded pack animals and .50 for a person on foot. . . . After the mining boom subsided, the settlement of Bonners Ferry looked like it be stranded out of place and time. Richard Frey leased the ferry from Bonner in 1875 . . .

 

Copeland

Still a thriving community, Copeland had a post office from 1900 to 19722

Curley Creek
Deer Park
Eastport

Eastport is located on the northern border; established as a post office in 1906 2 Zip Code 83826

Eatonville

Eatonville formally located on the eastern border of downtown Bonners Ferry is now part of the city.

Leonia

"Ghost town" (several buildings and a cemetery); established as a post office named Leonai in 1892; named changed to Lenia in 1901 & to Leonia in 19232

Meadow Creek

Old foundations still visible. Lots of lavender lilacs in spring. Post office 1910 -19432

Moravia

The former community of Moravia lies approximately 1 mile west of the Mirror Lake Golf Course. All that remains of the town are the cemetery, the school house (now a residence), and a motel (also now a residence). post office 1903 - 1917; 1918 - 19432

Moyie Springs - 83845

established as post office in 1926

Naples

Naples is at southern end of county. "Received its name from Italians working as construction crews for the Great Northern Railroad in the winter of 1892."1 - 83847

OckonooK

Now called Porthill

Porthill

on northern border; established as a post office named OckonooK in 18932 - 83853

Round Prairie
Sinclair

Sinclair had a post office 1914 -1933

Smith Creek

 

North Kootenai Co.

North Kootenai County in 1895, before Bonner County (1907) and Boundary County (1915) were formed


For a complete list of Boundary County historic post offices, see Mark Metkin's Idaho post offices website

 

1Cort Conley. Idaho for the Curious/A Guide. Backeddy Books, Cambridge, Idaho. 1982

 2Mark Metkin's Idaho post offices website

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