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Flash Back: Steamboating on Lake CdA

The Georgie Oakes, loaded with passengers, circa 1900.  (Museum of North Idaho / Via Pacific Northwest Inlander)
The Georgie Oakes, loaded with passengers, circa 1900. (Museum of North Idaho / Via Pacific Northwest Inlander)

It's Independence Day, 1927 — six weeks after aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh has completed the world's first transatlatic solo flight, and three months before the premiere of The Jazz Singer, Hollywood's first feature-length "talking" film. Revelers have gathered along the beaches and docks in the town of Coeur d'Alene, having made the pilgrimage to its Fourth of July celebration, an annual highlight throughout the Inland Northwest. At some point during the festivities, a huge stern-wheel steamboat is towed out onto the water and set alight. She is the Georgie Oakes, erstwhile queen of Lake Coeur d'Alene/EJ Ianetti, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here.



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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