Sharing the story of Treaty Rock

Vandals damage sign even before dedication ceremony

Print Article

Sharing the story of Treaty Rock

POST FALLS - A group of fourth-graders was among those who had a vision in 1989 that the story of Treaty Rock be told through interpretive signage for locals and visitors to enjoy.

That mission will be recognized on Thursday when new signage will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. at the site at 705 N. Compton St. just north of Interstate 90 west of Spokane Street.

The youth, the late Christina Finney and Heather Fultz expressed the need for signage during a Treaty Rock archaeology field day 23 years ago.

"The importance of this is that is has color, a strong message," said local historian Kim Brown, who assisted the city to secure a $2,000 grant from the Idaho State Historical Society to help pay for the three signs.

"Perseverance is a survival tool. We will, with this project, achieve the mission of what those kids and others had in mind. Kids can leave behind a strong message."

Along with the grant, Mallaurcott Design, 1st Class Graphics and Signs and River City Fabrication contributed to the project with matching funds. The total cost of the project was about $4,000.

Treaty Rock, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, represents the coming together of two cultures.

Although there is no evidence a treaty was signed at the site, the rock in the park area symbolizes a verbal agreement in the late 1800s between Moses Seltice of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Frederick Post, a German immigrant who Post Falls is named after.

The agreement recognized Post's use of the land to develop water power on both sides of the river. Post was to provide lumber to the Tribe in exchange for the use of the land.

The Treaty Rock area has been struck by vandalism over the years and damage was done to the signs this week even before the dedication ceremony. Plastic protecting the large horizontal middle sign was cracked.

Brown and city officials are frustrated over the actions.

"The rock, the story have been around a lot longer than the negative actions," Brown said. "We are not going to stop sharing the story."

A surveillance camera was earlier installed in the vicinity to curb the vandalism and police will continue to patrol the area, Chief Scot Haug said.

"We'll continue to make it a priority," he said. "It's too bad that this happened."

You're invited

The public is invited to a dedication of the new interpretive signage at Treaty Rock, 705 N. Compton St., Post Falls on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The site is just north of Interstate 90 west of Spokane Street.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Woman dies after I-90 crash

July 19, 2019 at 10:36 am | Coeur d'Alene Press An 80-year-old woman has died today from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18 on I-90 eastbound, near Pleasantview Road in Post Falls. Margaret J. Hyatt, 80, of Nelson, Br...

Comments

Read More

Bad news, fish

July 19, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press SANDPOINT — Some day, Max Solis is quick to tell you, he is going to travel the country and fish for a living. So it’s no surprise that when the 8-year-old was surprised with fishing gear and severa...

Comments

Read More

Sex sting trial scheduled next month

July 19, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press A 20-year-old Washington man who allegedly traveled to Post Falls in February to have sex with a girl who claimed to be 14 — but who was in fact a police officer in a sex sting operation — will have ...

Comments

Read More

Grimm to run for sheriff in 2020

July 19, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press HAYDEN — John Grimm, a Kootenai County resident for 15 years, announced his candidacy for sheriff on Thursday. He is running as a Republican in the May 2020 primary. Grimm owns AMI Machining in Hayd...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X