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AIC Shines Its Community Spotlight on Stateline

Monday, August 12, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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City of Stateline

Stateline is located on the southeastern edge of the fertile Rathdrum Prairie and the western edge of the Idaho/Washington state line. Residential developments of the unincorporated Washington community of East Farms lie on the city’s western border. Fertile farms extend north and east of the city. Interstate 90 and the Spokane River are less than a mile south.

Historical Tidbits

 In 1881 the Northern Pacific Railroad constructed a rail line from Wallula, Washington. to Spokane; crossed into Idaho Territory at what is now Stateline; turned northeast to Rathdrum, then Westwood; then north to Sandpoint. There the railroad turned east around the top of Lake Pend Oreille to the Clark Fork River then turned east again to Hells Gate near Missoula, Montana. The railroad line was completed in 1883. When Idaho passed a new law in 1947 that allowed slot machines and the selling of liquor by the drink only in incorporated municipalities, Stateline applied for incorporation. On April 14, 1947, Stateline became an incorporated village in order to sell liquor and have slot machines. Its status changed to a city in 1967 as required by the change in Idaho law.

Amenities and Attractions Today

The city’s location near beautiful forested mountains, lakes, rivers and streams offers excellent opportunities for backpacking, hiking, trail riding, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Four state parks lie within 30 miles of the city—Farragut at the base of Lake Pend Oreille, Round Lake located south of Sandpoint, Hayden at the base of Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Old Mission west of Coeur d’Alene.



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