Begin your journey at the Pinegrove Cemetery in Rathdrum. Dating back to 1892, Pinegrove is one of the oldest cemeteries in North Idaho. Several civil war veterans are buried here, as well as some early Chinese immigrants that came to the area in the late 1800's to help build the railroad.
Across town in Rathdrum (formerly the town of Westwood and the Kootenai County seat), we'll tour the Old Kootenai County Jail Museum which dates back to 1890. Alleged in a lawsuit that the jail was "insecure and a disgrace to the city", eight steel cells were purchased and enclosed by the brick and stone building that you see today.
Hopping back on the bus and heading east, we'll discover Farragut State Park and The Brig Museum on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. Once the former site of Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base for the U.S. Navy during World War II, Farragut in the fall of 1942 had a population of 55,000, making it the largest city in Idaho and the second-largest naval training center in the world.
You'll also learn about The Navy's Acoustic Research Detachment (ARD) at Bayview, Idaho, where new submarine and surface ship shapes and subsystems are tested in an environment that closely mimics the ocean. Supported by Lake Pend Oreille's depth (it's deeper than Loch Ness at about 1150 feet), large size, clear water and quiet conditions, this small naval base has supported every major submarine design development of the last 65 years.
Tour List Price Includes:
- 4-Hour Tour (Approx.)
- 4 Featured Stops
- Numerous points of interest along the route
- Admission fees to the Old Kootenai County Jail Museum
- Admission fees to The Brig Museum at Farragut State Park
- Enlightening and entertaining commentary by your local guide
- Complimentary bottled water and light snacks are available
- For your convenience, spray mister bottles, umbrellas, binoculars and lap blankets are available for use
- Good vibes in a vintage VW bus!
- Note: Applicable tour taxes and fees and gratuity for your guide are not included
Things You Need To Know:
- A 4-guest minimum is required to operate this tour. We will contact you by the morning of your tour if we need to reschedule.
- The bus can accommodate up to 7 guests. Seating is first come, first served.
- Ages 5 and under are permitted only when reserving the entire bus for a private tour. Just choose the "Wanna Make It A Private Tour" option on the Book Now calendar.
- Please bring appropriate child seating
- Desired sun protection encouraged
- The Brig Museum at Farragut is usually 10-20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature, so you may need a sweater
- Due to seasonal hours and vendor availability, some attractions listed on this tour may need to be changed.
- PICK-UP and DROP-OFF for this tour is at the Foster's Crossing Parking Lot at 504 Oak St. in Sandpoint. Look for the blue Feelin' Groovy VW bus. Free public parking is available in this lot and the city lot across the street at 513 Oak St.
Featured on this tour:
Old Kootenai County Jail
Now a museum, the Historic Kootenai County Jail in Rathdrum, Idaho, was originally built as a wooden structure to house prisoners.
The Brig at Farragut State Park
During World War II, Farragut was a major training base for the U.S. Navy. "The Brig" museum now stands in honor of those who served so courageously!
Bayview on Lake Pend Oreille, is home to the Navy's Acoustic Research Detachment (ARD) where new submarine and surface ships have been tested for over 65 years.
Rathdrum's Pinegrove Cemetery includes a section of Chinese laborers that came to work on the railroad in the late 1800's.