Hope, Idaho

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Quick Facts

Former name

Geographic location

City Hall

Hope City Office
146 W Main Street
Hope, ID 83836
(208) 264-5314




Church History and Records

Old Church In Hope‎
532 Wellington Place
Hope, ID 83836

(208) 263-1224


The Idaho State Archives in Boise has a collection of city, county, regional and state directories.

Funeral Homes

Coffelt Funeral Service
109 N Division Avenue
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
(208) 263-3133
Lakeview Funeral Home
301 S Olive Avenue
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
(208) 263-3180
Sherman & Knapp Funeral Home Incorporated
118 Wakena Lane
Priest River, Idaho 83856
(208) 448-1012


Hope began to grow in 1882 when the Northern Pacific came through and in 1900 set its Rock Mountain division point in the hillside village. The town of Hope was just a stopping point in 1890. The Northern Pacific Railroad moved their division point to the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Hope was incorporated in July 17, 1891. The boats were used to carry supplies up the Clark Fork River to Cabinet Gorge while the railroad was being constructed. Steamboats crossed the lake carrying supplies and mail to mining sites around the shore before roads were built. Hope was a busy port in its early days. Hope was the largest town in the area during the 1880s, achieving prominence as the Rocky Mountain division point on the Northern Pacific line. Engines turned around in the large roundhouse, and the railroad built shops.


Military History and Records




Copies of issues of the following Hope newspapers are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives in Boise:

Hope Examiner  - 1895:11:22-1897: 3:5

Hope Herald  - 1913:9:25-1914:1:8

Hope Prospector - 1891:12:23


School Records