Harrison Idaho, the namesake of President Benjamin Harrison, once laid claim to “the largest city on Lake Coeur d’Alene” until 1917, when a fire at the Grant Lumber Company spread, and devoured a major section of the business community. Despite a population of 2,000 at the time, and a reputation as a bourgeoning center for rail and water transportation, the citizens never completely rebuilt their city.
Today, Harrison consists of 0.4 of a square mile of land and 0.1 of a square mile of water, and a population of less than 280. It overlooks a unique area where the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe Rivers unload their sediments into Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Water access to the town is popular in the summer months when boaters tie up at the nearby dock, and hike uphill to The Creamery for the best tasting Huckleberry Ice Cream in the Inland Northwest. Bicyclists detour from The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, while cars stream through on State Route 97, an Idaho Scenic Byway that twists and turns along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.