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History Highlight: Harrison, Idaho, Turns 118

One-hundred years ago, on July 21, the small town of Harrison, Idaho on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene was destroyed by a raging fire in 90 minutes. At the time, the town had only being incorporated for 18 years. All new buildings, made of brick, arose from the ashes. This summer, Harrison is celebrating the centennial of its rebirth with several special events. On Friday, July 21, the 100 year commemoration event – “Harrison Turns 118” – features a weenie roast at Harrison City Park, beginning at 6 p.m. The next week is the “Old Time Picnic Weekend,” with a historical presentation on Saturday, July 29 (1:30 p.m., Harrison Grange), and a downtown parade on Sunday, July 30. To learn more about the town’s history, outdoor activities, and lodging and tourism opportunities, visit harrisonidaho.org. //

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