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Recovering Forgotten Pieces of Sandpoint History

The businesses, homes, saloons and brothels that lined the Northern Pacific Railroad in Sandpoint, Idaho, bustled during the late 1800s. Shortly after the turn of the century, however, town life along the tracks became a distant memory as the whole community moved west of Sand Creek and became more of a settled town than a frontier way station. In the state’s largest historical archaeological excavation, University of Idaho alumni, anthropology faculty and graduate students are recovering significant pieces of North Idaho history. Bob Weaver, a University of Idaho alumnus and historical archeologist with the Environmental History Company in Seattle, Wash., and Jim Bard, a prehistoric archeol

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