Introduction to Hayden, Idaho
The native Coeur d'Alene Indians hunted and fished the greater Hayden area undisturbed until the frontier missionary Father De Smet arrived in 1846. Soon after his time here, easterners migrating west began to settle around the shores of Hayden Lake. By the early 20th century, logging and milling operations thrived in the area. During the logging era, four steamboats were in operation on the lake. The Bozanta Tavern and Golf Course became Idaho’s first 18-hole course in 1912 and luminaries such as President Taft and Bing Crosby visited it. As logging, farming and recreation began to emerge in the area, a small village became established on the lake's west shore.
As the Greater Hayden/Hayden Lake area evolved, it became known not only for its recreation opportunities, but also for its agriculture. Hayden was well known for the many orchard crops of apples, pears, cherries, and plums, as well as its field crops of legumes, wheat, oats, and hay. The area's other agricultural products included dairy, beef, sheep, chickens, pheasant, and even foxes, which were raised for their pelts.
The Village of Hayden was incorporated in 1955 with a total of 440 acres with a population of barely 700 people. Today, the city has grown to more than 14,000 acres and has a population of more than 13,000 residents.
Hayden and nearby Attractions
- Museum of North Idaho
- Old Mission State Park
- Farragut State Park
- Silverwood Theme Park
- Mount Spokane State Park
Things To Do In Hayden
If you are interested in the area's history and enjoy visiting museums, the Museum of North Idaho is an ideal place for visitors to spend the leisure hours. The Old Mission State Park and the Farragut State Park are also worth taking a look around as well. Tourists can also plan a trip to the Silverwood Theme Park and the Mount Spokane State Park. In addition, Hayden hosts a number of recreational events and programs all through the year.
Air transportation is available from Coeur D'Alene Air Terminal.
Hayden Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are offered by North Idaho College, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and Spokane Falls Community College.