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There is a legend behind the place that claims the lake was initially called ‘clear water.’ It is a romantic story by the Kootenai Indians. It is a romantic story that led to them naming the lake ‘Tesemini’ which meant Lake of Spirits. The legend is as follows:
Hyas-Tyee-Skookum-Tum-Tum (Good Chieftains) of the Kootenai Tribe had a lovely daughter, Hya-Pam (Fearless Running Water) who loved a Kootenay Brave, Hasht-Eel-Ame-Hoom (Shining Eagle). Hostile tribes lived east of here, governed by an ancient chief, Pu-Pu-Mox-Mox (Yellow Serpent). He threatened war on the Kootenays if he was not allowed to wed Hya-Pam. To avert war, Hya-Pam’s father consented to the marriage.
The Indian Maid and her Brave were dismayed and vowed their eternal love. Binding themselves together with the ‘marriage chain of rushes’ they leaped into the lake from Suicide Cliff. As the lovers were never found, folklore tells us that on a moonlit night, when the wind is still, you may see their shadowy silhouettes as they drift across the lake in a phantom canoe. As the lake ice floes melt and grind together in springtime, weird, mournful and haunting sounds are heard, are these the cries of the Indian lovers as they seek release from the Lake of the Spirits?
However, the town emerged as a logging town in 1907. For your tidbit of history: the first building in town is the one Sondahl Pottery occupies.
To check out the Social activities in Spirit lake you are going to want to keep an eye on the Parks and Recreation Page there is a good batch of community events or you can subscribe to their Facebook page here.
The area receives around 30 inches of rain annually while the average is 39 in the USA and 50 inches of snow. There are 68 days of measurable precipitate and 171 sunny days in a year. This place has four distinct seasons. The summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing and overcast. The temperature varies from 22°F to 85°F over the course of the year and maintains between 6°F and 94°F.
Most of the people who live in the area work in the surrounding area. Be it Spokane or Coeur d Alene. There is some retail industry in Spirit Lake along with Government services. Idaho ranks as one of the best places to live with an overall cost of living index score of 95.
Spirit Lake has a police department, and the general crime rate on a scale of 1 to 100 is 18. This low crime rate makes the area a haven to live. The health index of the area is also impressive. On a scale of 0-100, the air quality is 79, and the water quality is 48. There are also 231 physicians per 100,000 population in the area while the US average is 210.
Spirit Lake has been feeling some serious growth over the last couple of years. Enough growth that right now it has outgrown its city sewer system. You will want to check with the planning and zoning if you are wanting to build in the near future as there is a moratorium on building permits right at this time. Hopefully, they get that solved soon.