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Introduction ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Blanchard (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Blanchard. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Blanchard is located in Bonner County.

To see how the shape of Idaho's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bonner County: Boundary, Kootenai, Lincoln, Shoshone, Sanders (MT), Pend Oreille (WA) & Spokane (WA).

Below are the counties that are near Blanchard. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Blanchard:

  • Bonner County     (The home county of Blanchard)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.
    • Oldtown
      (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oldtown have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oldtown
      • Oldtown is located in Bonner County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 205 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oldtown <2>
    • Priest River
      (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Laclede
      (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laclede have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laclede
      • Laclede is located in Bonner County
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Laclede <2>
    • Careywood
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Careywood have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Careywood
      • Careywood is located in Bonner County
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Careywood <2>
    • Cocolalla
      (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Westmond
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westmond
      • Westmond is located in Bonner County
    • Wrencoe
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wrencoe
      • Wrencoe is located in Bonner County
    • Dufort
      (20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dufort
      • Dufort is located in Bonner County
    • Algoma
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Algoma
      • Algoma is located in Bonner County
    • Sagle
      (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
    • Cedar Creek
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Creek
      • Cedar Creek is located in Bonner County
    • Dover
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dover have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dover
      • Dover is located in Bonner County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 968 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dover <2>
  • Kootenai County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.
    • Spirit Lake
      (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spirit Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spirit Lake
      • Spirit Lake is located in Kootenai County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,559 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spirit Lake <2>
    • Echo Beach
      (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Echo Beach
      • Echo Beach is located in Kootenai County
    • Sturgeon
      (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sturgeon
      • Sturgeon is located in Kootenai County
    • Athol
      (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Rathdrum
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rathdrum have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rathdrum
      • Rathdrum is located in Kootenai County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,419 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rathdrum <2>
    • Garwood
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garwood
      • Garwood is located in Kootenai County
    • Belmont
      (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belmont
      • Belmont is located in Kootenai County
    • Hauser
      (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hauser have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hauser
      • Hauser is located in Kootenai County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 726 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hauser <2>
    • Coeur d'Alene Junction
      (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coeur d'Alene Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coeur d'Alene Junction
      • Coeur d'Alene Junction is located in Kootenai County
    • Bayview
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bayview have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayview
      • Bayview is located in Kootenai County
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bayview <2>
    • Hayden
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hayden
      • Hayden is located in Kootenai County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,713 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hayden <2>
    • Hayden Lake
      (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hayden Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hayden Lake
      • Hayden Lake is located in Kootenai County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 629 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hayden Lake <2>
  • Pend Oreille County (WA)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.
    • Newport
      (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newport
      • Newport is located in Pend Oreille County (WA)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,266 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newport <2>
    • Camden
      (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camden
      • Camden is located in Pend Oreille County (WA)
    • Dalkena
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dalkena
      • Dalkena is located in Pend Oreille County (WA)
    • Usk
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest)
    • Cusick
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cusick
      • Cusick is located in Pend Oreille County (WA)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 224 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cusick <2>
  • Spokane County (WA)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.
    • Elk
      (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Newman Lake
      (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Grays Landing
      (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grays Landing
      • Grays Landing is located in Spokane County (WA)
    • Green Bluff
      (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Bluff
      • Green Bluff is located in Spokane County (WA)
    • Peone
      (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peone
      • Peone is located in Spokane County (WA)
    • Chattaroy
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Colbert
      (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Otis Orchards - East Farms
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the south)
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Otis Orchards - East Farms. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otis Orchards - East Farms
      • Otis Orchards - East Farms is located in Spokane County (WA)
    • Otis Orchards
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the south)
    • Deer Park
      (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
    • Liberty Lake
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the south)
    • Mead
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Stevens County (WA)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.
    • Clavton
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the west)
    • Clayton
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the west)
    • Loon Lake
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the west)

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Blanchard, see our County-by-County Page for Blanchard.

Newspapers Published in Blanchard ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blanchard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blanchard, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<4>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blanchard.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Blanchard:

Cemeteries Near Blanchard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blanchard.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Blanchard covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

The following cemeteries are listed based on their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.

  • Pine Grove Cemetery
    (Less than 2 miles to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pine Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pine Grove Cemetery
  • Greenwood Cemetery
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Greenwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Greenwood Cemetery
  • Newport Cemetery
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Newport Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Newport Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mountain View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Cemetery
  • Seneacquoteen Cemetery
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Seneacquoteen Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Seneacquoteen Cemetery
  • Pine Grove Cemetery
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pine Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pine Grove Cemetery
  • Rimrock Cemetery
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Milan Cemetery
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
  • Chattaroy Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chattaroy Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chattaroy Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • The Evergreen Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Post Falls Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evergreen Cemetery
  • Westmond Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Westmond Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Westmond Cemetery
  • Restlawn Memorial Park
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Restlawn Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Restlawn Memorial Park
  • Continue List   (25 more) ...
    • Drake Cemetery
      (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Drake Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Drake Cemetery
    • Peone Cemetery
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Kelly Cemetery
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kelly Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kelly Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

While we didn't find Blanchard in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blanchard.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Blanchard, with the one closest to Blanchard listed first.

  • Priest River
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
  • Ramsey
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ramsey have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ramsey
    • Ramsey is located in Kootenai County
  • Athol
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Rathdrum
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rathdrum have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rathdrum
    • Rathdrum is located in Kootenai County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,419 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rathdrum <2>
  • Hauser
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hauser have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hauser
    • Hauser is located in Kootenai County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 726 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hauser <2>
  • Peone
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peone
    • Peone is located in Spokane County (WA)
  • Cocolalla
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
  • Chattaroy
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Post Falls
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Post Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Post Falls
    • Post Falls is located in Kootenai County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,933 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Post Falls <2>
  • Buckeye
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buckeye have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buckeye
    • Buckeye is located in Spokane County (WA)
  • Deer Park
    (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
  • Coeur d'Alene
    (23 miles [37 km] to the southeast)
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Mead
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Hazard
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hazard have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazard
      • Hazard is located in Spokane County (WA)
    • Sandpoint
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Blanchard. See our List of 1890's Communities around Blanchard.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blanchard. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Bonner County: www.co.bonner.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blanchard) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blanchard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.0168, Longitude: -116.9838       In this case, the coordinates for Blanchard have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Blanchard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.









 

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