NAME: Eagle City
COUNTY: Shoshone
CLIMATE: Warm in Summer, Snow in Winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring and Summer
COMMENTS: North of I-90 off of Prichard Creek RD
REMAINS: Little remains except for a few obscured graves.
Eagle City was the first mining camp in the area. It sprang up in 1881 after Andrew Prichard discovered gold in a creek that flows into the north fork of the Coeur D'Alene River. Well-known gunfighter Wyatt Earp was one of the characters of this boisterous town. Wyatt and his brothers opened a tent saloon in Eagle City just three years after their famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. A more permanent town developed at a better location just up the creek from Eagle City. In fact the town of Murray became so popular and prosperous that in 1885 it became the Shoshone County seat. Though the towns population has dropped from the thousands to less than sixty it still celebrates its gold rush heritage. The annual "Molly B. Damn Days" recalls the life and times of a famous resident of the red light district. Submitted by: Nick Betz