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Quick Facts

Former name

Geographic location

City Hall

Bonners Ferry City Hall
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
Phone: (208) 267-3105 

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Grandview Cemetery  Find-a-Grave has made 4584 interments available online.

Other cemetery records in Bonners Ferry or near by are available on Boundary County, Idaho Cemetery Records.

Church History and Records

Baptist

First Baptist Church‎
6711 El Paso Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-8639

(208) 267-3215
fbcbonnersferry.org‎


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Historical

Many of the original records of church units are in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at its Family History Centers.  A record of the Bonners Ferry Branch (1947-48) is available.


Episcopal

Current

St. Mary's Episcopal Church‎
6850 Denver Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

(208) 267-3202

Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church‎
6784 Cody Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-8504

(208) 267-2894
lutheransonline.com‎

Methodist

The United Methodist Church‎
6568 Lincoln
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

(208) 267-2343
umc.org‎

Roman Catholic

Current

St. Ann Catholic Church‎
6712 El Paso Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-8639

(208) 267-2852

Historical

St Ann's Catholic church records  (1922-1965) have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and are available for viewing at their facility or at any of their affiliate Family History Centers.


Other

Some of the churches of Bonners Ferry are listed at this website with their contact information.

This is another online listing of Bonners Ferry churches with contact information.

Directories

The Idaho State Archives in Boise has a collection of city, county, regional and state directories.

Funeral Homes

Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.  They also have obituaries on their site.

History

One of the first was explorer David Thompson (explorer)David Thompson, a cartographer for the Northwest Trading Company. Thompson and four fellow fur traders arrived in 1808 to trade with the Lower Kootenais. He was followed in 1846 by Society of JesusJesuit Priest Pierre-Jean De SmetFather DeSmet, a missionary to the Kootenai Tribe. Government surveyors of the Boundary Commission came in 1858 to establish the border between the United States and Canada.

When gold was discovered in the East Kootenays of British Columbia in 1863, thousands of prospectors from all over the West surged northward over a route that became known as the Wildhorse Trail. Edwin Bonner, an enterprising merchant from Walla Walla, Washington, established a ferry in 1864 where the trail crossed the broad Kootenai River. In 1875 Richard Fry leased the business, but the location retained the name of the original founder and later became the town of Bonners Ferry.

The Norwegian-built Steamboatsteamer "Midge" launched into service in 1883 and operated for the next 25 years carrying passengers and freight between Bonners Ferry and British Columbia. The Great Northern Railroad was built here in 1892, followed quickly by the Spokane International and the Kootenai Valley lines.

Maps

Military History and Records

Minorities

Newspapers

Current

Bonners Ferry Herald
P.O. Box 539
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Ph. 208-267-5521
email - screnshaw@bonnersferryherald.com
Weekly

Historical

Copies of the following newspapers published in Bonners Ferry are included in the collections of the Idaho State Archives  in Boise.

Bonners Ferry herald -- 1904: 12:31 - to date

Boundary County tribune -- 1970:4:14 - 1970:6:9
Kootenai Herald -- 1891:4: 4 - 1904: 12: 24
Kootenai Herald -- 1900:11:2
Kootenai Valley sentinel & Bonners Ferry times -- 1933:5:29 - 1937:4:29
Kootenai Valley times -- 1989:5:3 - to date 

Obituaries

School Records

Websites

Boundary County Historical Society located in Bonners Ferry.

Boundary County Library  also located in Bonners Ferry.

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