When I arrived in Coeur d'Alene from Lewiston in 1984, this is what one corner of the north shore waterfront looked like. The old Templin's restaurant sat to the east of Independence Point with a lodge behind it. Notice the railroad tracks running across the front. Duane Hagadone and Jerry Jaeger had taken control of Bob Templin's Western Frontier hospitality business the year before. Hagadone Hospitality renamed the restaurant "Murphy's" after Fred Murphy later before tearing down the restaurant and the lodge. The net effect of that move was to open the waterfront vista around Independence Point to motorists and waterfront users. The tracks continued to cross the expanded front lawn of the Coeur d'Alene Resort until the old Rutledge Mill closed and sold to Hagadone for his resort golf course. (Heather Heber Callahan posted this photo on her Facebook wall)
Question: Do you remember the old Templin's restaurant?