Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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Coeur d'Alene (pronounced /ˌkɔr dəˈleɪn/)) is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States.[1] It is the principal city of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census the population of Coeur d'Alene was 34,514 (2006 estimate: 41,328).[2] The city is located about 30 mi (48 km) east of the larger Spokane, Washington, which combined with Coeur d'Alene and northern Idaho has population of 590,617.[3] Coeur d'Alene is the largest city in the northern Idaho Panhandle while also an offshoot of Spokane.

The city of Coeur d'Alene has grown significantly in recent years in part because of a substantial increase in tourism, encouraged by several resorts in the area. Barbara Walters called the city "a little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit. On November 28, 2007, Good Morning America broadcast the city's Christmas Lighting Ceremony because its display is among the largest in the country. Coeur d'Alene is also located near two major ski resorts with Silver Mountain Resort to the east in Kellogg and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort to the north in Sandpoint. Coeur d'Alene is located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, 25-mile (40 km) in length. Locally, Coeur d'Alene is known as the "Lake City," or simply called by its initials: "CDA".

The name derives from French and, translated into English means Heart of an Awl.

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