Harrison City Hall

100 Frederick Street

PO Box 73

Harrison, ID 83833

CityofHarrisonID.com

Phone: 208-689-3212

Fax: 208-689-9014

OFFICE HOURS:

MONDAY - THURSDAY

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

8/23/19 NOTICE TO THE CITY OF HARRISON RESIDENTS AND VISITORS:

  1. Construction activities penetrated an existing water main causing a leak and loss of water pressure. The entire water service area in the City of Harrison is currently shut down while crews from the City are conducting repairs.

  2. The loss of water pressure occurred at approximately 11:30 on Friday, August 23, 2019. Work continues as of Friday evening.

  3. Microbes can cause short-term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. Some people who drink water containing asbestos in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps, and inhalation of asbestos may cause cancer or asbestosis of the lungs.

  4. Consumers should drink an alternate supply of water until repairs are complete and tests have been completed to determine the water is safe to drink.

  5. City crews are working to repair the main, flush the system and conduct sampling.

  6. Repairs have been completed as of Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Flushing has begun but testing results may take more than 48 hours.

  7. Visit the City’s website at www.cityofharrisonid.com for updates. Monday morning you can contact City Hall at 208-689-3212 for updates. If you have an emergency please email Mayor Jordan Hall at mayor@cityofharrison.org. You can also check for updates on the Harrison Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page.

  8. Please share this information with other residents and visitors.

    THE CITY IS DILIGENTLY WORKING TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Discover Harrison Idaho

The City of Harrison, Idaho

Harrison is nestled at the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River at the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. It offers a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains. Visitors may arrive by boat, car, motorcycle, or bicycle. Running through town is the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a 72 mile trail paved from Mullan to Plummer.

Kootenai County docks are open and you can leave your boat docked for up to 72 hours in the local Marina. 
Harrison also offers a waterfront RV park with 19 spaces with water, electric & sewer hook-ups, showers and bathroom facilities, and a tent camping area. Don't forget about our beautiful city park with gazebo, barbecue/kitchen area and a children's playground.

notice is hereby given: that the general election to be held in and for the city of harrison, idaho, will be held on tuesday, november 5, 2019. the election will be held for the purpose of electing the following office for the specified terms:

City of Harrison Mayor: Four (4) year term

City Council Member 1: Four (4) year term

City Council Member 2: Four (4) year term

City Council Member 3: Four (4) year term

The deadline for filing declarations of candidacy is Friday, September 6th at 5:00 p.m. Declarations of Candidacy are available at City Hall in the office of the City Clerk at 100 Frederick Street, Harrison, Idaho, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Please contact the City Clerk for details on qualifications necessary for candidacy.

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Harrison developed from a squatters homestead to a thriving village in about twelve years. A branch of the O.R. & N. Railroad from Tekoa, Washington to Harrison was completed in 1890 and was a prime factor in the development of Harrison. In 1891, Silas W. Crane settled on a timbered tract which joins the present city on the south and east. He built the first house in Harrison which remained in the Crane family until 1936.  The building is now used as the Crane House Museum.  In 1936 Fred Grant purchased the Fisher Brothers Sawmill in St. Marie’s and moved it to Harrison. It was known as Grants Mill it had a capacity of 60 thousand feet per day.

In 1892, S.W. Crane opened a General Store.  In 1893, the first Post Office was established and W.E. Crane became the first postmaster.  W.S. Bridgeman opened a Gen. Mercantile in 1893 and another General Store was opened in 1894 by W.A. Reiniger.

The first newspaper called the Signal was established in 1895, later it was known as the Mountain Messenger and in 1900 became known as The Searchlight.  A paper with that name is still published annually by the Oldtime Picnic Committee. 

  In 1895, a Methodist Church was erected and School District #29 was formed.  The first year of school was taught by Mr. Edelbute in the Methodist Church.  The first school was erected in 1896 and by 1903 there were 59 students. 

The original town site was in the form of a triangle and covered approx. 23 acres.  The Village of Harrison was Incorporated on July 21st, 1899.  The first meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Village of Harrison was held July 24, 1899. George W. Thompson was elected as chairman of the Board  of Trustees. 

  In August of 1901, a Spokane Company was granted a franchise to put in a water system with a pumping plant at a cost of $20,000.  An electric light plant was also installed in 1901 by Kimmel Brothers at a cost of $8,000.The following year came the telephone, connecting Harrison with points up the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers. Rocky Mountain Bell purchased the property later that year and Harrison was connected to outside world.

The next few years saw the opening of the First National Bank of Harrison, the Opera House, various drug, grocery, hardware, furniture, clothing & jewelry stores along with tailoring, blacksmith and shoemaker shops and restaurants, hotels and a hospital.  For a time around the turn of the century Harrison was the largest town in Kootenai County. In 1911 the City Directory reported a population of 1,250. Harrison’s growth was a result of the development of 8 or more sawmills & box factories. With the mills and woods jobs, approximately 280 men were employed with a combined monthly payroll around $25,000.  Millions of board feet of timber were stored in the lake at Harrison. Lake Coeur d’Alene and the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers were the major transportation routes for timber coming out of the areas forests.

In 1917, the Grant Lumber Company caught fire and the ensuing blaze consumed about half of the business district.  Much of the town was never rebuilt. The easiest way to get to Harrison was by water. The OWR&N Company which absorbed the OR&N railroad, constructed a 600 passenger steamer called “The Harrison” for transportation.  There were several other steamers such as the Georgie Oakes that carried passengers and freight making the depot a popular place for area children.  Passenger service was discontinued in the early 1920’s but they continued to haul freight until 1932 when the line was abandoned.

Many early day photo’s are on display at  the Crane Historical Society Museum along with a lot of information about Harrison.  Community spirit continues today with the Old Time Picnic, which is always held the last weekend in July.

“The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes”  is a welcome addition to the Harrison area. The Trail is 72 miles of easy riding and runs from Plummer to Mullan. If you have time, bring your bike (or rent one) and see for yourself.

Harrison is now mostly a tourist and vacation destination. The current population was 217 at the 2017 census. 

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