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Sandpoint

Sandpoint (116.558W 48.280N) is a town and rail junction located on Lake Pend Oreille in the panhandle of Idaho. The town was created in 1898 by the Farmins, a couple working as agents for the Great Northern railroad. Timber and mining as well as the railroad drove the local economy.

Some twenty miles south was Farragut Naval Training Station (116.609W 47.971N), opened in September 1942. The based covered 4000 acres (1600 hectares) and trained 300,000 sailors, briefly becoming Idaho's largest city. Roughly 750 German prisoners of war (mostly from Austria) maintained the base, usually with little supervision: Their work uniforms, emblazoned with a large "PW", were sufficient to prevent attempts at escape.

Rail connections

Cut Bank

Drummond

Newport


References

CityOfSandpoint.com (accessed 2011-4-10)
Love (1996; accessed 2016-6-20)


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