A little about Sandpoint
We are special, a four season town with a full experience regardless of what you are looking for. Just don't take our word for it: 2012- Best Ski Town- Rand McNally's Best of the Road 2011- Most Beautiful Small Town in America- Rand McNally's Best of the Road with USA Today Travel 2010- Rail-fans Dream- Top place to see a train- USA Today Travel 2009- Best Adventure Towns- National Geographic Adventure 2008- Top 10 Dream Towns- Sunset Magazine 2007- 15 Unforgettable Trips- Unforgettable Sandpoint- USA Today 2007- Schweitzer Mountain Top 25 Ski Resort- #3 for Tree Skiing
The history of Sandpoint
The Salish Tribes, specifically the Kalispel and the Kootenai built encampments on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille every summer, fished, made baskets of cedar, and collected huckleberries before returning to either Montana or Washington in the fall. The encampments ended before 1930. The region was extensively explored by David Thompson of the North West Company starting in 1807. Disputed joint British/American occupation of the Columbia District led to the Oregon boundary dispute. This controversy ended in 1846 with the signing of the Oregon Treaty, whereby Britain ceded all rights to land south of the 49th parallel. In the 1880s, the Northern Pacific Railroad brought European and Chinese settlement to the area. In August 1888, twenty-nine-year-old author and civil servant Theodore Roosevelt visited Sandpoint on a caribou-hunting trip in the Selkirk Mountains. Roosevelt documented what a rough-and-tumble environment "Sand Point" was at that time (and for many decades following
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