Lock yourself in the jail, stroll through Twin Grove Rail Car, get close to rainbow trout in the fish pond & observe a room full of history at the train depot (now a community library & post office) - all FREE & self-guided.
The complex, built in 1909 by Milwaukee Railroad as part of its Pacific NW extension, became part of the town of Avery in the 1980s when the railroad went bankrupt.
The depot served as an evacuation site during the "GREAT FIRE OF 1910". It has been placed on the "National Register of Historic Places".
The train car & jail are always open, & fish continue to swim in the pond & nearby St. Joe River. Depot is open on weekdays & Saturdays when Post Office is open.
Located at the Pappy Boyington Field (Coeur d'Alene Airport), Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday.
DR. FORREST BIRD flew airplanes from age 14 to 91, was an inventor (National Inventors Hall of Fame, 1995), & bio-medical engineer.
About 20 aircraft from pre-WWI to the present are rotated. Visitors (drive there or fly in) will also see a remarkable collection of medical & aerospace inventions. Kids can enjoy an educational play area too.
Admission is FREE; however, a suggested donation of $5 per adults/$3 per child is appreciated. The museum is available for seminars, workshops & private events.
See how Buck Knives are made in its Post Falls factory - made in the U.S.A.! Tours are FREE of charge on Mondays through Thursdays, but reservations are required, so call 800-326-2825, ext 172, to choose a date/time.
Tours last 45 minutes. Participants must wear fully-closed shoes (closed toe & heel). Children age 7+ are welcome. Parking is available for visitors.
Adjacent to "Spragpole Steak & Rib House", this unique community museum features memorabilia from the late 1800s gold rush days - a world record hand-carved wooden chain (121' long with continuous links), expansive rock/mineral displays & much more!
Exhibits include: logging/forestry, Fire of 1910, mining, Molly B Damm, furnished rooms (school room, barber shop, doctor's office, parlor, Cataldo Mission, blacksmith, kitchen, post office) & more antiques that you can imagine.
So what is a "sprag pole"? It is "a word of Scandinavian origin meaning to support or brace with a stake or pole, used to support the building for snow load in the old days" - from souvenir Sprag Pole menu.
Admission is FREE (although donations are appreciated)! Dress warm.
Take a FREE self-guided tour of public art found at various sites in & around CdA - including parks, trailheads, beneath bridges, in the center of traffic round-abouts, on utility boxes & bike racks - even on the ceiling of a library!
The whole family can view over 130 sculptures (metal, rock & carved wood), painted structures/murals/wraps, door inserts & more - look up, down, forward & backward - so none are missed.
Look for umbrellas, cutthroat trout, fiddler crab, dung beetle, sailboats, "Arocknaphobia", fireman's helmet, a bun to sit on, stegosaurus, giant bike chain, fish skeleton, "Forks in the Road", octopus, moose, blue heron, allium, rainbow bridge & much more.
Click HERE for the self-guided map & info about each piece of artwork & the creators. You'll find the names of the artwork clever as well.
See exhibits showcasing timber & tourism, along with military items & reminders of Post Falls schools no longer in existence. A favorite exhibit for many is a room full of 1950s furniture & household items.
Staffed by volunteers, admission is FREE (although donations are always welcome). Stop by mid-week through Saturday.