This area started with sparcely scattering of ranches and a few promising mines. The Kootenai Tribe's historic path to fishing grounds at Lake Pend Oreille became quite well traveled when thousands of prospectors traveled the path to find gold in Wild Horse Creek, 120 miles to the north of Bonners Ferry Idaho in British Columbia. In 1864 a man by the name of Edwin Bonner constructed a ferry where the trail crossed the Kootenai River. The Norwegian-built steamer, â€œMidgeâ€, launched in 1883 and carried passengers and freight for the next 25 years. After the turn of the century, The kootenai river coined the term the nile of the north and Bonners Ferry became a lumber town, Sporting one of the worlds largest mills. Today Bonners Ferry is Rich in history, wild life and splendid beauty.