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International Selkirk Loop - Boundary County Museum - Bonners Ferry, ID
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 41.854 W 116° 18.717
11U E 550629 N 5394065
Quick Description: The museum is on the east side of Main Street, less than a block south of the Kootenai River. It is just a few steps west of the International Selkirk Loop as it passes from north to south through Bonners Ferry, ID.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/22/2015 6:03:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMN95X
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
Crossing the Canada-U.S. border twice, the International Selkirk Loop is a 280 mile long route which encircles the Selkirk Mountains, following rivers, lakes and other waterways for much of its length. It is designated one of only 32 All-American Road National Scenic Byways in the U.S. Following the loop takes one through spectacular mountain scenery and many historic towns in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia. The loop follows many historic waterways which were historically travelled by natives and explorers such as David Thompson, as well as gold seekers in the mid to late nineteenth century.

At the International Selkirk Loop website can be found a great Interactive Map which allows one to drill down to each area and community through which the loop passes for further information. For example, clicking on Bonners Ferry takes one to the Bonners Ferry Travel Guide.

Ensconced in a historic two storey building, the Boundary County Museum has a large collection of artefacts and machines pertinent to the history of the Bonners Ferry area. For example, in the collection is Bonner Ferry's first fire truck, a 1923 REO which went into service in the town in 1925, a ca. 1915 Case 9-18A steel wheeled tractor, a ca. 1933 Monarch garden tractor, two railway hand cars, one a velocipede, and a scroll saw cut wooden model of Amiens Cathedral in Northern France.

As well, the collection contains many vintage photos and many artefacts associated with everyday life in Bonners Ferry a century and more ago.

The cost to tour the museum is a reasonable $2 per visitor or $5 per family. The museum has recently been expanded from one large room to three, with the addition of many new displays.


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Program: America's Byways

Website: [Web Link]

Official Name: International Selkirk Loop

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