Welcome to North Idaho
To live in a place other people dream of visiting is incredible. Through the lens of my camera OnLocation North Idaho will bring you a slice of life as we know it in the Idaho panhandle. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
An Athol State of Mind
Athol, Idaho has a population of 676, give or take an old hound dog or two. It lies 18.2 miles north of Coeur d'Alene and 38 miles northeast of Spokane. Athol's been on the map due to the proximity of Silverwood Theme Park and being near the southern entrance to Farragut State Park. Described as being "in the path of growth" with a longitude of 116.71 W and a latitude of 47.95 N, I'm of the opinion it's more attitude than latitude that distinguishes Athol from the pack. Locals pronounce the name, Ath-all but one enterprising insider has banked on the common outsider Ath-ole pronunciation with a line of souvenirs that take a play on words to new levels. Lynne takes her wares on the road, anywhere there's a festival or community celebration. Refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, can coolers, baseball caps and t-shirts cleverly promote this rural North Idaho town. You likely won't see the old guys at the Athol American Legion Hall sporting the shirts and caps but tourists are jumping on the Athol bandwagon. In North Idaho we can all be "Athols." www.atholgear.com
Posted by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at 9:10 AM