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The City Data of Sandpoint, IDAHO

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Bonner County

71 mile from Spokane, WA

2085 feet



Land area:
3.9 square miles

Median resident age:
36.5 years

White (94.6%)
Hispanic (2.5%)
Indian (2.1%)

City Neighborhoods
> 50,000:
Spokane, WA (114.9 Km ).
> 200,000:
Seattle, WA (638.9 Km).
> 1,000,000:
Los Angeles, CA (1582.4 Km).

Nearest cities
Ponderay (3.84 Km)
Dover (5.12 Km)
Kootenai (6 Km)
Priest River (40 Km)
Athol (40 Km)
Clark Fork (44.2 Km)
Spirit Lake (48 Km)
Bonners Ferry (53.1 Km).

Visitor Bureau
Sandpoint, Idaho Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

900 North Fifth Ave
PO Box 928 Sandpoint, ID 83864

Access to Sandpoint
The nearest airport is Spokane International Airport (GEG). It will take approximately 1 and half hour from Spokane to Sandpoint. Frequent flight service between Seattle and Spokane is avairable. Also, many flights from Portland or San Francisco are operated mainly by Horizon Air.

Spokane to Sandpoint
There are two way of access. The first one is to use I-90 and get out from the exit 12 at Coeur d' Alane and turn left onto US95 Highway. Just go straight on US95 Highway to Sandpoint. The other way is to take Division Street in Spokane and merge to US2/395 Highway. Take US2 through Newport, Priest River and Dover and then arrive Sandpoint. The formar is easier and earlier than the latter.

"Empire Builder" train of Amtrak is avairable. From Chicago, 1807 miles away, it will take 1 and half days from Chicago and arrives at midnight around 2:00-3:00. From Seattle or Portland, it will take about 10 hours to Sandpoint and arrival is around 12:00am.
Nestled at the base of the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho's Panhandle region the community of Sandpoint can be found 60 miles south of the Canadian border and 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. With a population of approximately 6,000 residents Sandpoint is located in a land of uncompromising natural beauty on the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-da-ray). A spectacular, glaciated body of water 43 miles long, Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake (1,158 feet at its greatest depth) in the United States with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the Sandpoint community being ranked as a premier tourist destination.

Sandpoint, Idaho history dates back to circa 1880 when Robert Weeks opened a general store in Pend Oreille--a small settlement founded to the east of the current site of Sandpoint along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Before the establishment of the general store the first white man known to travel to the Sandpoint area was famed explorer David Thompson who with his partner "Big Finan" McDonald established the first trading post on Lake Pend Oreille in 1809. The settled area grew slowly in population until the construction of the Great Northern Railroad in 1892 when railroad agent L.D. Farmin filed the original town site and laid out Sandpoint in 1898.

Sandpoint, at an elevation just over 2,000 feet serves as the county seat of Bonner County (population 35,226 in 1999) whose economy, for more than a century, depended in large part on the timber industry. But beginning in the late 1980s, summer and winter tourism began to grow rapidly in response to a growing awareness of the region's pleasant four-season climate which is markedly more moderate than weather typically found to the east of the Rocky Mountains. With an annual average rainfall of 33.5 inches and annual snowfall of 71.7 inches, residents and tourists experience few sub-zero days each winter while summer days rarely exceed 90-degree temperatures. The average year-round temperature is 47 degrees and there are some 125 frost-free days each year. Humidity is comparatively low, nights generally cool and summertime typically offers weeks of consecutive clear and sunny days much to the delight of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing and hiking enthusiasts.

Sandpoint has the laid-back feel of a recreation town while simultaneously boasting a business and arts community that is surprisingly sophisticated and diverse. Many of Sandpoint's current residents are in fact former tourists who, after spending only a short period sensing the captivating allure of the town's scenic qualities, wholesome lifestyle pace and fascinating communal events find themselves suddenly focused on exploring ways they too might put the city/suburban life behind and become residents of Sandpoint.

Upon leaving Sandpoint's downtown area there is little doubt, despite what direction you choose to drive, that you are in the heart of the northern Rockies. Bonner County is comprised in great part by mountain country providing habitat to abundant fish and wildlife. With Montana's Cabinet Mountains stretching off to the east and the Selkirk Mountains and Schweitzer Ski Resort looming immediately above you the pace of your trip may be diminished considerably due to constant stops needed to simply absorb the scenery.

*Quoted from Sandpoint.com.
The Village of Sandpoint was incorporated on February 7, 1901 by the Kootenai County Board of County Commissions. Present day Bonner and Boundary Counties were a part of Kootenai County at that time. The Kootenai County Commissioners appointed five village trustees who first met on February 25, 1901 in the Sandpoint courthouse to take their oaths of office.

The first village election was held in April of that year. Judge Whitaker was the first chairman of the trustees elected by the voters - not the first mayor as is popularly thought.
Almost six years later on December 12, 1906, 270 of the 282 qualified electors of the Village petitioned the Board of Trustees requesting that the Village of Sandpoint be organized and changed to a city.

On January 15, 1907 the Village of Sandpoint became the City of Sandpoint. The April, 1907 election moved the City into a mayor/council form of government - the same form of government we have today. A mayor and eight council members were elected biennially until 1919 when the council was reduced to six members. Dr. O. F. Page who had served as chairman of the Trustees in 1902 and 1905-1907, was elected Sandpoint's first mayor. He served one term as mayor from 1907 through 1909.

Sandpoint has been served by 19 trustees, 28 mayors and just over 150 council members. Fourteen of those council members have also served as mayors. At this time, Sandpoint's mayor is paid $1000.00 per month; council members receive $200.00 per month. These salaries are set by ordinance. Idaho Code Title 50 contains most of the present laws of the State of Idaho regulating the formation and powers of cities within our state.

*Quoted from the official site of the city.
Sandpoint Activities and Events
K&K Fishing Derby / Lost in the 50's / Timberfest / Artwalk / Hiking / Camping / Kayaking/ Gardening / Biking / Sailing / Boating

4th of July Celebration / Sandpoint Slam ! Hoopfest / Festival at Sandpoint / POAC Arts & Crafts Frir / Lake to Forest Triathlon / Swimming / Waterskiing / Birdwatching / Camping

International Draft Horse Show / K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby / Hunting / Fall Fest Microtasting at Schweitzer Soccor / Oktoberfest / Farmers Market

Winter Carnuval / Skiing & Snowboarding / Ice Fishing / Snowmobiling / Schweitzer Caribbean Carnival / Cross county skiing / Snow Shoeing / Festival of Trees

Area Churches
First Christian Church
201 N.Division St.
Sunday Worship 9:30 and 11:00 am.

First Lutheran Church (ELCA)
526 S. Olive Ave.(2 blocks west of Memorial Field)
Worship 9:00 am

Sandpoint Christian Center
2225 N. Boyer Ave.
Sunday Worship 10:30 am and 18:00 pm

Sandpoint United Methodist Church
711 Main St.
Sunday Worship 9:30 am (Summer) / 10:30 am (Winter)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
115 West 5th Clark Fork, Idaho
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
621 Oak St. (Corner of 6th Ave and Oak St.)
Sunday Measses 8:30 & 10:30 am

Average weather in Sandpoint, Idaho
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temp. (°F) 25.5 30.2 37.3 45.3 53.2 59.4 64.9 64.5 55.7 44.7 33.8 26.9
Average temp. (°C) -3.6 -1 2.9 7.4 11.8 15.2 18.3 18.1 13.2 7.1 1.0 -2.8
High temperature (°F) 31.6 37.6 46.5 56.4 65.4 72.1 80.1 80.2 70.0 56.1 40.0 32.4
Low temperature (°F) 19.4 22.8 28.1 34.2 40.9 46.7 49.7 48.7 41.4 33.2 27.5 21.4
Precipitation (in) 3.9 3.5 2.8 2.2 2.7 2.5 1.6 1.4 1.6 2.3 4.7 4.7

Time Differences (PST-JST)
Winter 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Summer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 0
Tokyo 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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