Historic Walking Tour


Take a Walk Through Sandpoint's History

SANDPOINT, ID--To mark the release of the third printing of “Sandpoint – A Walk Through History,” the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission is conducting a free, guided walking tour of historic buildings in downtown Sandpoint on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. - noon.  Everyone is welcome to join the tour, which will start in front of the historic Panida Theater at 300 N. First Avenue.

“Sandpoint is fortunate to have so many buildings that speak for our history. Congratulations to the Historic Preservation Commission for bringing these stories to life in a guide that residents and visitors alike will find entertaining and enlightening,” remarked Mayor Shelby Rognstad.

Produced by the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission in collaboration with the Bonner County Museum, the guide features photos and descriptions of more than fifty sites throughout Sandpoint, including some listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as winners of Preservation Idaho’s Orchids and Onions Award.

A convenient fold-out map at the back of the guide outlines three self-guided walking tours featuring an interesting mix of commercial, residential and other significant sites.  You’ll discover which house was built from a kit purchased from Sears & Roebuck; learn which school started with seven pupils in a converted saloon; and perhaps catch a glimpse of the ghost said to walk the upper floors of a building on First Avenue.

Copies of “Sandpoint – A Walk Through History”  are available at Sandpoint City Hall – 1123 Lake Street;  Bonner County Museum – 611 S. Ella Avenue; Sandpoint Visitor Center – 1202 Fifth Avenue; and select downtown businesses.  A digital version of the guide is available on the City of Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission web page at www.sandpointidaho.gov/HPC, where you can also learn more about the Commission.  Additional information is also available from Ryan Shea at  [email protected] or (208) 946-2087.