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Tue., June 25, 2013, 4:31 p.m.

Hux Redux: Centennial Trail Launches

From my files of 25 years ago (June 22, 1988):

A key supporter of the Kootenai County Centennial Trail has proposed a race to construct the 60-mile trail from the heart of Spokane County to Higgens Point, five miles west of Coeur d'Alene. The two counties could race to the state line, much like the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, which raced cross country in the late 1860s to complete the first transcontinental railroad, said Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood. And, Eastwood told the 85 people who attended the Kootenai County Centennial Kickoff here Tuesday, he bet his side would win. Kootenai County has less miles to develop -- about 25 -- but more obstacles. Much of its proposed trail runs across private land, unlike Spokane County's.

Question: Do you have any idea how hard the Kootenai County Centennial Trail supporters had to fight human obstacles -- like the three industrial companies along Seltice Way -- to build the trail?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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