Hydroplane boat races on Lake Coeur d’Alene

August 1, 2013 5:56 p.m.  •  1 comment

Hydroplane boat races were popular in Coeur d’Alene, and around Washington, throughout the ’50s and into the ’60s. This summer marks the return to racing 44 years after the popular sport ended. Hydro races are planned southeast of downtown as part of the Diamond Cup Regatta during Labor Day weekend.

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Speedboats race on Lake Coeur d’Alene in 1936.

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Hydroplanes line up on the beach in Coeur d’Alene in 1955.

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People gather to watch the hydroplane boat races in Coeur d’Alene in 1956.

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This 1958 photo shows the Miss Spokane being prepared to race on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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The Unlimited hydroplanes are lowered by crane into Coeur d’Alene Lake, near Tubbs Hill, ready for the 1962 Diamond Cup race. The first Diamond Cup was held on the lake in 1958 with about 30,000 spectators. The last race was held in 1968. Race boats from all over the country participated.

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